In January this year we asked the Secretary of State to ‘call in’ the St Mary le Port proposal and to hold a public inquiry in order to examine all aspects of the proposals. We have just received this reply from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities:
The Government remains committed to giving more power to councils and communities to make their own decisions on planning issues and believe that planning decisions should be made at the local level wherever possible. The call-in policy makes it clear that the power to call in a case will only be used very selectively.
The Secretary of State has decided, having had regard to this policy, not to call in this application. He is satisfied that the application should be determined at a local level.
I appreciate that this is not the preferred outcome for you, and I understand that there will be great disappointment as a result. It is however, now for the Council to determine this application.