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16(1)If any such order is an order the effect of which is to authorise the storage of gas of a nature which would not be authorised apart from that order, the procedure for making the order shall be that prescribed in the following provisions of this paragraph.E+W+S
(2)The [F1public gas supplier]may apply to the Minister to make the order after serving notice of their application—
(a)on every local planning [F2authority, [F3every local authority who are not a local planning authority and every] river authority within][F2authority and every local authority who are not a local planning authority, being, in either case, an authority within] whose area any part of the storage area or of the protective area lies,
(b)on all statutory water undertakers within whose [F4limits of supply][F4area] any part of the storage area or the protective area lies, or who are the holders of a statutory licence to abstract water within either of those areas, and
[F5(bb)on the National Rivers Authority, and]
(c)on every owner, lessee and occupier (except tenants for a month or any period less than a month) of any land within the storage area or within the protective area,
stating that representations by any of those persons may be made to the Minister within twenty-eight days of the date on which the notice is served.
(3)[F6The applicant]shall inform the Minister of the dates of service of notice under this paragraph.
(4)The Minister shall take into consideration the application and all representations with respect to the application which are duly made within the period specified in the notices and may, if he thinks fit, and if he is satisfied that the proper notices have been served under the foregoing provisions of this paragraph, make the order applied for.
(5)If the order is made, the [F1public gas supplier]shall serve a copy of the order on every person on whom notice of the application is required to be served under this paragraph.
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