§ 55. Mr. Ernest Davies
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he will ascertain from local planning authorities the number of applications made to them for new petrol filling stations; and how many were granted during 1956 and 1957, respectively.
§ Mr. Bevins
Local planning authorities are not required to supply my right hon. Friend with statistics about planning applications, and he does not consider that he would be justified in asking them to do so in respect of applications for petrol filling stations. During 1956, there were 374 appeals against planning refusals for petrol filling stations, of which 82 were allowed. In 1957, there were 572 apepals and 78 were allowed.
§ 56 and 57. Mr. Ernest Davies
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs (1) what are the chief considerations which local planning authorities have been advised by him to take into account when deciding whether to grant or reject applications for new petrol filling stations;
(2) what steps he has taken to control the growth of petrol filling stations; and with what result.
§ Mr. Bevins
In dealing with an application for a petrol filling station, a planning authority is required to have regard to the development plan for the area and to any other material considerations. I am sending the hon. Member a copy of14W a circular which my right hon. Friend recently issued to planning authorities giving some guidance about the considerations likely to arise. These include the type of road; the siting and lay-out of the station; its effect on traffic flow and safety and its effect on amenity.