7(1)The M1Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 shall be amended as follows.E+W
(2)In section 34(6) for the definition of “the relevant authority” there shall be substituted—
““the relevant authority” means—
(a)in relation to a non-metropolitan county, the county planning authority and, in relation to any other area in England, the local planning authority;
(b)in relation to Scotland, the authority exercising district planning functions.”
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(5)In section 52(2) for the words from the beginning to the end of paragraph (b) there shall be substituted the words
“In the application of this Part to England (except as respects a metropolitan county or Greater London) and to Wales references to a local planning authority shall be construed—
(a)in sections 42, 43, 44 and 51(2)(c) as references to a county planning authority; and
(b)in any other provision, as references to a county planning authority and a district planning authority;”
(6)In section 66(1) for the definition of “surveying authority” there shall be substituted—
““surveying authority”, in relation to any area, means the county council, metropolitan district council or London borough council whose area includes that area.”
(7)In section 72(10) after the words “a county council” there shall be inserted the words “or metropolitan district council”.
(8)In the definition of “local authority” in paragraph 5(1) of Schedule 14 and paragraph 13(2) of Schedule 15 for the words “a district council, the Greater London Council” there shall be substituted the words “a non-metropolitan district council”.