Brighton Marina’s neighbours should learn within weeks whether permission to build seven tower blocks there will be granted by the Government.
The decision will be announced on or before Tuesday 13 July, according to Bob Neill, a Junior Minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Mr Neill confirmed the deadline in a written reply to Simon Kirby, the new Conservative MP for Brighton Kemptown.
Mr Kirby had raised the matter in writing with Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
The decision over whether Explore Living could build 1,300 homes in seven tower blocks had been expected earlier this year.
It was delayed in part because the general election was imminent.
He is believed to have submitted his recommendation to Mr Pickles’s predecessor, the Labour MP John Denham, in April.
Mr Kirby is among a number of local Tories who opposed Explore Living’s proposals.
Explore’s plans for homes, shops, offices and public spaces on a site occupied by Asda and the Marina car park were rejected by Brighton and Hove City Council planning committee last year.
Planning officers had recommended that the scheme be approved.
Explore appealed against the council’s refusal to grant permission, prompting the public inquiry.