§ Lord Northfield
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Why no ministerial decision has been announced on an appeal, heard before an inspector 20 months ago, concerning a motorway services area at the approach in Telford on the M54 motorway; and what precedents exist for this length of delay in ministerial decisions on planning appeals.
§ Baroness Blatch
I very much regret the continued delay in dealing with this appeal. The issues raised are complex but I am hopeful that we shall be in a position to issue a decision very soon. Precedents do exist for processing delays where complex issues are involved.