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5National policy statementsE+W+S

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(1)The Secretary of State may designate a statement as a national policy statement for the purposes of this Act if the statement—

(a)is issued by the Secretary of State, and

(b)sets out national policy in relation to one or more specified descriptions of development.

(2)In this Act “national policy statement” means a statement designated under subsection (1) as a national policy statement for the purposes of this Act.

(3)Before designating a statement as a national policy statement for the purposes of this Act the Secretary of State must carry out an appraisal of the sustainability of the policy set out in the statement.

(4)A statement may be designated as a national policy statement for the purposes of this Act only if the consultation and publicity requirements set out in section 7, and the parliamentary requirements set out in section 9, have been complied with in relation to it [F1and—

(a)the consideration period for the statement has expired without the House of Commons resolving during that period that the statement should not be proceeded with, or

(b)the statement has been approved by resolution of the House of Commons—

(i)after being laid before Parliament under section 9(8), and

(ii)before the end of the consideration period.]

[F2(4A)In subsection (4) “the consideration period”, in relation to a statement, means the period of 21 sitting days beginning with the first sitting day after the day on which the statement is laid before Parliament under section 9(8), and here “sitting day” means a day on which the House of Commons sits.]

(5)The policy set out in a national policy statement may in particular—

(a)set out, in relation to a specified description of development, the amount, type or size of development of that description which is appropriate nationally or for a specified area;

(b)set out criteria to be applied in deciding whether a location is suitable (or potentially suitable) for a specified description of development;

(c)set out the relative weight to be given to specified criteria;

(d)identify one or more locations as suitable (or potentially suitable) or unsuitable for a specified description of development;

(e)identify one or more statutory undertakers as appropriate persons to carry out a specified description of development;

(f)set out circumstances in which it is appropriate for a specified type of action to be taken to mitigate the impact of a specified description of development.

(6)If a national policy statement sets out policy in relation to a particular description of development, the statement must set out criteria to be taken into account in the design of that description of development.

(7)A national policy statement must give reasons for the policy set out in the statement.

(8)The reasons must (in particular) include an explanation of how the policy set out in the statement takes account of Government policy relating to the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change.

(9)The Secretary of State must—

(a)arrange for the publication of a national policy statement, F3...

F4(b). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(10)In this section “statutory undertakers” means persons who are, or are deemed to be, statutory undertakers for the purposes of any provision of Part 11 of TCPA 1990.

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F1Words in s. 5(4) inserted (1.4.2012) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), ss. 130(2), 240(2) (with s. 144); S.I. 2012/628, art. 7(a)

F2S. 5(4A) inserted (1.4.2012) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), ss. 130(3), 240(2) (with s. 144); S.I. 2012/628, art. 7(a)

F3Word in s. 5(9)(a) repealed (1.4.2012) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), s. 240(2), Sch. 25 Pt. 20; S.I. 2012/628, art. 7(b)

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I1S. 5 in force at 6.4.2009 by S.I. 2009/400, art. 2

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