§ Mr. Beith
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he has given his consent for the complete or partial demolition of the public library building in Berwick-upon-Tweed under section 277A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971.
§ Mr. Tracey
No. I understand that the district council has sold the building. The new owner has applied for a certificate of immunity from listing under section MA of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971. That application is being considered, and a decision is expected shortly. Whether or not a certificate of immunity is granted, the owner would require the consent of the local planning authority before carrying out any demolition work because the building is in a conservation area.