The Government has been lambasted for its constant "dithering" over major transport schemes in the West Midlands, with claims the delays in decision-making are causing unnecessary blight to homes and businesses.
The Country, Land and Business Association said uncertainty over an expansion of the M6 or the proposed creation of an M6 Expressway toll motorway had forced farms and businesses to put expansion plans on hold.
The CLA is calling on the Government to make up its mind on where the toll road should be built and then pay decent compensation to those affected.
Frances Beatty, regional director of the CLA, said: "In the past 20 years, uncertainty has stifled long-term planning decisions and as long as no route is concluded, compensation will be payable only to those along the published line, excluding anyone blighted by long publicised alternatives.
"In the intervening years, farm and business expansion - and even home repairs and modernisation - are and have been on hold along all the alternate routes."
The CLA is calling for some kind of upgrade to the motor-way in order to help West Midlands businesses thrive but said the M6 was symptomatic of numerous Midland schemes, some of which never materialised, where planning blight has hit homeowners and businesses.
Mrs Beatty cited the scrapped Western Orbital scheme around Wolverhampton and Stourbridge as one project which had severely affected residents.
She said the current planning system was inefficient and called for a review to end "the nightmare of long term blight".
Ministers are expected to announce this summer whether to go ahead with proposals to build an M6 Expressway between
Birmingham and Manchester or to widen the existing M6 instead.
Once a decision is made, they will look at options to create a link road from the M54 to the M6 Toll.
Mrs Beatty added: "Businesses across all our Midland counties depend on an urgent upgrade to the north-south motorway network. The general view is that the job needs to be done and that the Government must get on with it."
Chris Grayling, shadow Transport Secretary, who visited the region yesterday, is calling for widening of the M6 by 2009. ..SUPL: