HC Deb 17 December 1986 vol 107 cc579-80W
27. Mr. Tim Smith

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make it his policy to call in any planning applications for the provision of motorway service areas on the M25.

Mr. Waldegrave

Under the procedures for Crown development, as set out in my Department's circular 18/84, where the relevant local planning authority objects to what is proposed, the issue would normally come before me for decision. Where, however, the local planning authority does not object, the matter would not normally come to me for decision unless there were other objections which the developing Department considered were of such substance that it would be appropriate for me to make the decision.