asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will reconsider his decision in his letter of 7th April 1977 concerning the extraction of sand and gravel at Hawden Farm, Tonbridge, if new grounds of objection are brought forward.
No. Once my right hon. Friend's decision is given on an appeal made under Section 36 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971, he has no further jurisdiction and cannot reopen the matter to consider any further representations or complaints. There is provision under Section 245 of the Act for persons aggrieved by the decision to appeal to the High Court within six weeks of the date of the decision on the grounds set out in that section.