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The Agriculture, Land Drainage and Irrigation Projects (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017

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31.—(1) Before determining an appeal made under regulation 30(1), the Scottish Ministers may afford the appellant and any interested party an opportunity of appearing before and being heard by a person appointed by them (in this regulation referred to as “the appointed person”) and they must do so in any case where a request is made by the appellant to be so heard.

(2) If the Scottish Ministers cause a hearing to be held, they—

(a)must give the appellant and any interested person at least 42 days written notice (or such shorter period of notice as they may agree with the appellant and the interested parties) of the date, time and place fixed for the holding of the hearing; and

(b)may require a site visit.

(3) The Scottish Ministers must, at least 21 days before the date fixed for the holding of the hearing—

(a)publish a copy of the notice—

(i)on the application website;

(ii)in The Edinburgh Gazette; and

(iii)in a newspaper circulating in the locality in which the project is situated; and

(b)serve a copy of that notice on every interested person.

(4) The Scottish Ministers may vary the date fixed for the holding of any hearing and paragraphs (2) and (3) apply to the variation of a date as they applied to the date originally fixed.

(5) The Scottish Ministers may also vary the time or place for the holding of a hearing and must give such notice of any such variation as appears to them to be reasonable.

(6) The persons entitled to be heard at any hearing are the appellant and any interested person.

(7) Nothing in paragraph (6) prevents the appointed person from permitting any other persons to be heard at the hearing and such permission must not be unreasonably withheld.

(8) After the conclusion of a hearing, the appointed person must make a report to the Scottish Ministers in writing which must include the conclusions and recommendations of that person or the reasons for not making any recommendation.

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