§ Mr. Hicks
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will announce his decision as to whether or not he intends calling in the planning application on behalf of W. H. Bond and Sons Ltd. to develop an additional 18-hole golf course at the St. Mellion Golf Club and Leisure Centre, details of which were sent by the Cornwall county council to his Department on 28 October 1980; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Giles Shaw
I am afraid it is not yet possible to say whether this application will be called-in or left to the county council to decide. There has been a strong and sustained objection to the propoosal by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. As my hon. Friend knows, its policy for the preservation of good quality land in agriculture use is a long-standing one, and must be given very serious consideration. My officials are, however, actively trying to resolve this objection, and it is hoped to announce a decision within the next few weeks.