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Planning Bill

 

[AS AMENDED IN PUBLIC BILL COMMITTEE]

 
 

Contents

Part 1

The Infrastructure Planning Commission

1   

The Infrastructure Planning Commission

2   

Code of conduct

3   

Register of Commissioners’ interests

4   

Fees

Part 2

National policy statements

5   

National policy statements

6   

Review

7   

Consultation and publicity

8   

Consultation on publicity requirements

9   

Sustainable development

10   

Suspension pending review

11   

Pre-commencement statements of policy, consultation etc.

12   

Legal challenges relating to national policy statements

Part 3

Nationally significant infrastructure projects

General

13   

Nationally significant infrastructure projects: general

Energy

14   

Generating stations

15   

Electric lines

16   

Underground gas storage facilities

17   

LNG facilities

18   

Gas reception facilities

19   

Pipe-lines

 

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Transport

20   

Highways

21   

Airports

22   

Harbour facilities

23   

Railways

24   

Rail freight interchanges

Water

25   

Dams and reservoirs

26   

Transfer of water resources

Waste water

27   

Waste water treatment plants

Waste

28   

Hazardous waste facilities

Part 4

Requirement for development consent

29   

When development consent is required

30   

Meaning of “development”

31   

Effect of requirement for development consent on other consent regimes

32   

Welsh offshore generating stations

33   

Directions in relation to projects of national significance

34   

Amendments consequential on development consent regime

Part 5

Applications for orders granting development consent

Chapter 1

Applications

35   

Applications for orders granting development consent

36   

Model provisions

37   

Register of applications

38   

Applications by the Crown for orders granting development consent

Chapter 2

Pre-application procedure

39   

Chapter applies before application is made

40   

Duty to consult

41   

Local authorities for purposes of section 40(1)(b)

42   

Categories for purposes of section 40(1)(d)

43   

Timetable for consultation under section 40

44   

Duty to notify Commission of proposed application

 
 

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45   

Duty to consult local community

46   

Duty to publicise

47   

Duty to take account of responses to consultation and publicity

Chapter 3

Assistance for applicants and others

48   

Advice for potential applicants and others

49   

Obtaining information about interests in land

50   

Rights of entry

51   

Rights of entry: the Crown

Part 6

Deciding applications for orders granting development consent

Chapter 1

Handling of application by Commission

52   

Acceptance of applications

53   

Notifying persons of accepted application

54   

Categories for purposes of section 53(2)(d)

55   

Certifying compliance with section 53

56   

Initial choice of Panel or single Commissioner

57   

Switching from single Commissioner to Panel

58   

Delegation of functions by person appointed to chair Commission

Chapter 2

The Panel procedure

Panels

59   

Panel for each application to be handled under this Chapter

60   

Appointment of members, and lead member, of Panel

61   

Ceasing to be member, or lead member, of Panel

62   

Panel member continuing though ceasing to be Commissioner

63   

Additional appointments to Panel

64   

Replacement of lead member of Panel

65   

Membership of Panel where application relates to land in Wales

66   

Supplementary provision where Panel replaces single Commissioner

67   

Panel ceasing to have any members

68   

Consequences of changes in Panel

Panel’s role in relation to application

69   

Panel to decide, or make recommendation in respect of, application

70   

Decision-making by the Panel

71   

Allocation within Panel of Panel’s functions

72   

Exercise of Panel’s powers for examining application

 
 

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Chapter 3

The single-Commissioner procedure

The single Commissioner

73   

Single Commissioner to handle application

74   

Appointment of single Commissioner

75   

Ceasing to be the single Commissioner

76   

Single Commissioner continuing though ceasing to be Commissioner

77   

Appointment of replacement single Commissioner

Single Commissioner’s role in relation to application

78   

Single Commissioner to examine and report on application

Commission’s role in respect of application

79   

Report from single Commissioner to be referred to Council

80   

Decisions made by the Council on the application

Chapter 4

Examination of applications under Chapter 2 or 3

81   

Chapter applies to examination by Panel or single Commissioner

82   

Examining authority to control examination of application

83   

Initial assessment of issues, and preliminary meeting

84   

Examining authority’s decisions about how application is to be examined

85   

Written representations

86   

Hearings about specific issues

87   

Open-floor hearings

88   

Hearings: general provisions

89   

Hearings: disruption, supervision and costs

90   

Representations not made orally may be made in writing

91   

Procedure rules

92   

Timetable for examining, and reporting on, application

93   

Completion of Examining authority’s examination of application

94   

Assessors

95   

Interpretation of Chapter 4: “interested party” and other expressions

Chapter 5

Decisions on applications

96   

Cases where Secretary of State is, and meaning of, decision-maker

97   

Decisions of Panel and Council

98   

Decisions of Secretary of State

99   

Matters that may be disregarded when deciding application

100   

Timetable for decisions

 
 

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Chapter 6

Suspension of decision-making process

101   

Suspension during review of national policy statement

Chapter 7

Intervention by Secretary of State

102   

When power to intervene arises

103   

Power of Secretary of State to intervene

104   

Effect of intervention by Secretary of State

Chapter 8

Grant or refusal

105   

Grant or refusal of development consent

106   

Reasons for decision to grant or refuse development consent

107   

Orders granting development consent: formalities

Chapter 9

Legal challenges

108   

Legal challenges relating to applications for orders granting development

consent

Part 7

Development consent orders

Chapter 1

Content of development consent orders

General

109   

What may be included in order granting development consent

110   

Exercise of powers in relation to legislation

Compulsory acquisition

111   

Purpose for which compulsory acquisition may be authorised

112   

Guidance about authorisation of compulsory acquisition

113   

Compensation for compulsory acquisition

114   

Statutory undertakers’ land

115   

Local authority land and statutory undertakers’ land: general

116   

Local authority and statutory undertakers’ land: acquisition by public body

117   

National Trust land

118   

Commons, open spaces etc: compulsory acquisition of land

119   

Commons, open spaces etc: compulsory acquisition of rights over land

120   

Crown land

 
 

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121   

Notice of authorisation of compulsory acquisition

Miscellaneous

122   

Public rights of way

123   

Operation of generating stations

124   

Keeping electric lines installed above ground

125   

Diversion of watercourses

126   

Highways

127   

Discharge of water

128   

Development of Green Belt land

Chapter 2

General

129   

Duration of development consent order

130   

When development begins

131   

Benefit of development consent order

132   

Use of buildings in respect of which development consent granted

Part 8

Enforcement

Offences

133   

Development without development consent

134   

Breach of terms of order granting development consent

135   

Time limits

Rights of entry

136   

Right to enter without warrant

137   

Right to enter under warrant

138   

Rights of entry: supplementary provisions

139   

Rights of entry: the Crown

Information notices

140   

Power to require information

141   

Offences relating to information notices

Notices of unauthorised development

142   

Notice of unauthorised development

143   

Execution of works required by notice of unauthorised development

Injunctions

144   

Injunctions

 
 

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Isles of Scilly

145   

Isles of Scilly

Part 9

Changes to existing planning regimes

Chapter 1

Changes related to development consent regime

Planning obligations

146   

Planning obligations

Blighted land

147   

Blighted land: England and Wales

148   

Blighted land: Scotland

Chapter 2

Other changes to existing planning regimes

Regional functions

149   

Delegation of functions of regional planning bodies

Local development

150   

Local development documents

Climate change

151   

Development plan documents: climate change policies

Correction of errors

152   

Correction of errors in decisions

Validity of strategies, plans and documents

153   

Power of High Court to remit strategies, plans and documents

154   

Power of High Court to remit unitary development plans in Wales

Determination of applications

155   

Determination of planning applications by officers

156   

Determination of applications for certificates of lawful use or development by

officers

157   

Validity of decisions made on reviews

158   

Determination of listed building applications by officers

159   

Power to decline to determine subsequent application

 
 

 
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