HC Deb 30 April 1986 vol 96 cc407-9W
Mr. Alan Howarth

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what consultancy studies have been commissioned since 1980 by his Department in the field of planning.

Mr. Tracey

Consultants are selected by competitive tendering to carry out research projects on planning, including geological and minerals planning projects. Research projects are also carried out by the research councils, and by universities and polytechnics. Studies commissioned from private consultants since 1980 are:


  • District Shopping Centre Study
  • Business Services in Manchester-Salford
  • The Use of Population Projections; Phase II


  • Monitoring of Enterprise Zones
  • Feasibility Study for a National Garden Festival in Stoke-on-Trent
  • Limestone Workings in the West Midlands
  • Survey of Racial Minorities
  • Ethnic Minorities in Small Businesses in the Inner City
  • Underground Cavern Storage


  • Ancillary Works for Microseismic Monitoring
  • Investigation of Wednesbury Old Park Subsidence
  • Site Requirements of Large-Medium Industrial Projects
  • Location of Development: Urban-Rural Choice (Two Pilot Studies)
  • Planning Conditions for Hard Rock Quarries


  • Landslip Research in South Wales: East Pentwyn-Bournville
  • Black Country Limestone: Microseismic Monitoring and Interpretation
  • Preparatory Research for United States-United Kingdom
  • Congress on Urban Parks and Open Spaces
  • Pumping Trials on Colliery Spoil
  • Local Authority Practice in Multi-Racial Areas
  • Evaluation of Industrial and Commercial Improvement Areas
  • Assessment of Location, Quantities and Qualities of Potential Fill Materials
  • Assessment of the Conglomerate Resources Between Stoke-on-Trent and Stone Staffordshire
  • Mineral Resource Planning Soar Valley, Leicestershire Chacewater—St. Day (Cornwall) Project (Phase I)
  • Assessment of Alternative Colliery Spoil Disposal Options
  • Art and Architecture


  • Urban Economic Development Policies in an Assisted Area:
  • Case Study: Newcastle Metropolitan Region
  • Environmental Geology: Study in the Plymouth-Plymstock Area
  • Mining Subsidence: South Wales Desk Study
  • Mineral Excavations: Stability and Hydrogeology
  • Environmental Geology Study in the Bristol Area
  • Assessment of Liverpool Garden Festival
  • National Garden Festival 1989: Feasibility Study
  • Agricultural Restoration of Sand and Gravel Workings: Bush Farm and Papercourt Farm Sites
  • Agricultural Restoration of Sand and Gravel Workings—Wasperton Site II
  • Mersey South Bank Feasibility Studies (Lead Contract)
  • Operation of Stop Notices Under Section 90 of Town and Country Planning Act 1971
  • Evaluation of Environmental Projects Funded under the Urban Programme
  • Assessment of the Employment Effects of Economic Development Projects Funded under the Urban Programme Land for Housing
  • Bibliography of Geological and Minerals Planning Research
  • Humberside Sand and Gravel Resources—Reconnaissance Survey
  • Welsh Landslips: Risk Assessment
  • Accommodation Needs of Modern Industry
  • Marine Dredging for Sand and Gravel
  • Sand and Gravel Resources of the Wreake Valley, Leicestershire
  • Architectural Competition Briefs
  • Value of Geological Research to Planning
  • State of the Art Review of Landslipping
  • Investigating Population Change in Small-Medium Sized Urban Areas
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  • Pneumatic Capsule Unloading


  • Land Use Stock Feasibility Study
  • Landslip Research in South Wales: East Pentwyn-Bournville Study (Revised)
  • Investigation of Ground Characteristics in the Area around Chacewater and St. Day, Cornwall (Phase II)
  • Review of Seismic Investigation Requirements in Great Britain
  • Effectiveness of Selected Development Commission Policies
  • Land Used for Development in South East England: A Joint DOE-SERPLAN Study
  • Review of Present Approaches to Environmental Geology Maps
  • Six Good Design Authorities: An Experiment
  • Warehouse Development Trends
  • Inputs to Evaluation Model of Remedies to Black Country
  • Limestone Mines Problem
  • Supply and Demand for Office Accommodation in London and the South East
  • Mineral Planning: Magnesian Limestone Study
  • Monitoring the Operation of the Planning System
  • Evaluation of Derelict Land Grant Schemes
  • Infrastructure as a Tool of Economic Development
  • Pyewipe Materials Handling Studies
  • Pyewipe Marine Works Design Studies
  • Estimating the Demand for Aggregate Minerals


  • The Cambridge Case Study
  • Feasibility Study on Assistance for Black Music
  • Case Studies of Good Practice in Urban Policy: Environmenal Improvements
  • Case Studies of Good Practice in Urban Policy: Enterprise Workshops
  • Case Studies of Good Practice in Urban Policy: Conversion and Re-Use of Industrial Buildings
  • Survey of Visitors to the National Garden Festival 1986: Stoke-on-Trent
  • Thematic Geological Mapping: Torbay
  • Control of Noise from Surface Mineral Working
  • Development of Project Performance Output Measures
  • Management Training Needs of Urban Programme Project Managers

Consultants are also engaged to provide advice on planning subjects, primarily for management purposes.

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