HC Deb 25 February 1947 vol 433 cc264-5W
83. Mr. Manningham-Buller

asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning what instructions he has given with regard to the use of sites for housing in small rural parishes.

Mr. Silkin

General principles on the choice of housing sites in rural areas are stated in paragraph 21 of the Housing Manual, 1944, a copy of which I am sending to the hon. Gentleman. More specific guidance can only be given in the light of particular local circumstances

85. Mr. Dye

asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning how many applications for approval of housing sites were received by his Department from the Downham Market Rural District Council during 1946; how many received approval; how many were rejected; and what was the number of proposed houses involved.

Mr. Silkin

During 1946, 17 housing sites, involving 462, houses were submitted to my Department by the Down-ham Rural District Council. Twelve of these sites, providing for 238 houses, gave rise to no objections, while one site for 32 houses was later withdrawn by the council. In the case of the four remaining sites, involving 192 houses, the council were asked to consider the possibility of more suitable alternative sites, and this matter is shortly to be further discussed with my Regional Office.