§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many representations he has received opposing the 176W Government's intentions to seek to end the right of highway authorities to oppose planning consents; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
We have received nine representations against the proposal, together with 91 submitted by hon. Members on behalf of county highway authorities. Concern has been expressed that if the power of direction is removed developments may be allowed which would lead to road accidents or that developers will no longer make payments to highway authorities where road improvements or other changes are needed to accommodate their developments.
These fears are not justified. Local highway authorities will have the right to be consulted on development proposals and to put their views to planning authorities. The latter will also be in a position to ensure that in appropriate cases arrangements are made by developers for payment of or a contribution towards the costs of highway works needed in connection with their developments.