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Town and Country Planning Act 1971

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Schedule 14Provisions as to Established use Certificates

Application for certificate and appeal against refusal thereof

1An application for an established use certificate shall be made in such manner as may be prescribed by a development order, and shall include such particulars, and be verified by such evidence, as may be required by such an order or by any directions given thereunder, or by the local planning authority or, in the case of an application referred to the Secretary of State, by him.

2Provision may be made by a development order for regulating the manner in which applications for established use certificates are to be dealt with by local planning authorities, and, in particular—

(a)for requiring the authority to give to any applicant for such a certificate, within such time as may be prescribed by the order, such notice as may be so prescribed as to the manner in which his application has been dealt with ;

(b)for requiring the authority to give to the Secretary of State and to such other persons as may be prescribed by or under the order, such information as may be so prescribed with respect to applications for such certificates made to the authority, including information as to the manner in which any such application has been dealt with.

3(1)A development order may provide that an application for an established use certificate, or an appeal against the refusal of such an application, shall not be entertained unless it is accompanied by a certificate in such form as may be prescribed by the order and corresponding to one or other of those described in section 27(1)(a) to (d) of this Act; and any such order may—

(a)include requirements corresponding to section 27(2), (3) and (4), and section 29(3) of this Act; and

(b)make provision as to who, in the case of any land, is to be treated as the owner for the purposes of any provision of the order made by virtue of this sub-paragraph.

(2)If any person issues a certificate which purports to comply with any provision of a development order made by virtue of sub-paragraph (1) above and which contains a statement which he knows to be false or misleading in a material particular, or recklessly issues a certificate which purports to comply with those requirements and which contains a statement which is false or misleading in a material particular, he shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £100.

Provisions with respect to grant of certificate

4An established use certificate shall be in such form as may be prescribed by a development order and shall specify—

(a)the land to which the certificate relates and any use thereof which is certified by the certificate as established;

(b)by reference to the paragraphs of section 94(1) of this Act, the grounds on which that use is so certified; and

(c)the date on which the application for the certificate was made, which shall be the date at which the use is certified as established.

5Where the Secretary of State grants an established use certificate, he shall give notice to the local planning authority of that fact.

6In section 34 of this Act references to applications for planning permission shall, include references to applications for established use certificates ; and the information which may be prescribed as being required to be contained in a register kept under that section shall include information with respect to established use certificates granted by the Secretary of State.

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