The Minister of Housing etc has written to Stevenage BC including the words

"the Secretary of State hereby directs your Council not to grant permission on this application without specific authorisation. This direction is issued to enable him to consider whether he should direct under Section 77 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 that the application should be referred to him for determination."

This application is the for 800 homes on Forster Country

For the full letter go to this website then click on the letter dated 25 Feb 2020