A CRUNCH decision on controversial proposals to site a mobile phone mast in a Bishopstoke beauty spot is likely to be put on hold.

The application by Hutchison 3G (UK) Limited to install a radio base station in Stoke Park Woods was due to come before councillors at a meeting of Bishopstoke, Fair Oak and Horton Heath Local Area Committee on Wednesday.

But the committee will be asked to put off its decision until important information has been received.

The council's development control unit is still waiting for consultation responses from various statutory agencies and the result of a "red flag" test by the applicant to determine the potential visual impact on the area.

Development control boss Colin Peters said: "At present we do not have all the relevant information on which to base our planning recommendations.

"Hence, at this point, our recommendation to Bishopstoke, Fair Oak and Horton Heath councillors is to defer the items until the appropriate information is available."

The woodland is famous for its picturesque pathways lined with bluebells.

It is also a haven for families with children who like to play among the trees and is a well-used route by dog-walkers, who enjoy the scenery.

The 81ft mobile phone mast proposal has caused a storm of protest.

Guardians of Stoke Park Wood have spearheaded a campaign to block the proposal, which they fear could damage the appeal of the area.