Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    In Parliament yesterday, Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, asked the Planning Minster whether he could confirm that “the government?s new planning procedures (PPG3) are intended to reduce house building on Green Belt land; that if these procedures were applied in Hertfordshire, the need to build 10,000 houses west of Stevenage could disappear, and that Queen?s Counsel has advised that the government?s refusal to apply its own new procedures in this case is illogical, irrational and contrary to the law?.

    Speaking afterwards, Peter Lilley said: “It is appalling that the Minister seems wholely unaware of this legal advice given to North Herts District Council despite the fact that I have written to the government about it and that the advice criticises the Department?s own reply to me. I am therefore writing again to the Minister to draw his attention to the fact that this legal advice strongly indicates that North Herts District Council should not proceed with implementing the government?s appalling plan to build 10,000 houses in the Green Belt in my constituency?.