§ 9. Mr. Dudley Smith
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs why he allowed the establishment of a licensed club at the Strand Shipyard, Grove Park Road, Chiswick, despite the objections of the local authority and the majority of local residents; and if he will reconsider the matter.
§ Mr. Corfield
My right hon. Friend's reasons were given in the decision letter, a copy of which has been sent to my hon. Friend. My right hon. Friend accepted his inspector's conclusion that this was an appropriate use in these premises but he has limited the permission to three years, so that the practical effect on the surroundings can be assessed. Having given his decision, my right hon. Friend has no power to reopen the case.
§ Mr. Smith
Is my hon. Friend aware that the majority of the people who use this drinking club are not residents of the area? In view of the valid objections raised by the local council and about 200 local residents, does not he think that their views ought to have been given greater consideration than was the case? Is he aware that there is a tremendous parking problem here and that this, above everything else, ought to be taken into consideration?
§ Mr. Corfield
As my hon. Friend will be aware—I am sure that he has read the inspector's report—the inspector who saw the site and heard the evidence came to the conclusion that parking problems generally were likely to have a very slight effect on the amenities. He had also to take into account the views of the very many people who were in support of this scheme.