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The Planning (Hazardous Substances) (No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015

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2.—(1) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(1) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to an Act of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

(2) In these Regulations—

“the 2011 Act” means the Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011;

“the CLP Regulation” means Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, amending and repealing Directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC, and amending Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006;

“consent” means consent required under section 108 of the 2011 Act;

the Directive” means Council Directive 2012/18/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council(2) on the control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances, amending and subsequently repealing Council Directive 96/82/EC;

“the General Development Procedure Order” means the Planning (General Development Procedure) Order (Northern Ireland) 2015(3);

“the Hazardous Substances Regulations” means the Planning (Hazardous Substances) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015(4);

“electronic communication” has the meaning assigned to it by section 4 of the Electronic Communications Act (Northern Ireland) 2001(5);

(3) In these Regulations

(a)a reference to a section is a reference to that section of the 2011 Act.

(b)references to the CLP Regulation are references to that Regulation as amended from time to time;

(c)expressions appearing both in these Regulations and in the Directive have the same meaning for the purposes of these Regulations as they have for the purposes of the Directive

(4) In these Regulations, and in relation to the use of electronic communications for any purpose of these Regulations which is capable of being effected electronically—

(a)the expression “address” includes any number or address used for the purpose of such communications except that where these Regulations impose any obligation on any person to provide a name or address to any other person, the obligation shall not be fulfilled unless the person on whom it is imposed provides a postal address;

(b)references to forms, maps, plans, notices or other documents or copies of such things include references to such documents or copies of them in electronic form.

(5) Paragraphs (6) to (9) apply where an electronic communication is used by a person for the purpose of fulfilling any requirement in these Regulations to give or send any form, map, plan, notice or other document to any other person (“the recipient”).

(6) The requirement shall be taken to be fulfilled where the application or other document transmitted by means of electronic communication is—

(a)capable of being accessed by the recipient;

(b)legible in all material respects; and

(c)sufficiently permanent to be used for subsequent reference.

(7) In paragraph (6), “legible in all material respects” means that the information contained in the notice or document is available to the recipient to no lesser extent than it would be if sent or given by means of a document in printed form.

(8) Where the electronic communication is received by the recipient outside the recipient’s business hours, it shall be taken to have been received on the next working day; and for this purpose “working day” means a day which is not a Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday.

(9) A requirement in these Regulations that any application or other document should be in writing is fulfilled where the document meets the criteria in paragraph (6).

(2)

O.J. No. L 197, 24.7.2012, p. 1

(5)

2001 c.9 (N.I.) as amended by 2003 c.21

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