93Consents for generating stations offshoreE+W+S
(1)In section 36(1) of the 1989 Act (consent required for construction etc. of generating stations), after “constructed” insert “ at a relevant place (within the meaning of section 4), and a generating station at such a place shall not be ”.
(2)Before paragraph 8 of Schedule 8 to that Act (procedure for consents under sections 36 and 37) insert—“Generating stations not within areas of relevant planning authorities
7A(1)This paragraph applies to every case where an application for a consent under section 36 of this Act relates to—
(a)the construction or operation of a generating station the whole or a part of which is to be, or is, at a place that is not within the area of a relevant planning authority; or
(b)the extension of a generating station at or to a place the whole or a part of which is not within such an area.
(2)This Schedule shall have effect in relation to cases to which this paragraph applies with the following modifications.
(3)In paragraph 1(1), for the words from “land to which” onwards substitute “ place to which the application relates, that is, the place where it is proposed to construct the generating station, where the proposed extension will be or where the station proposed to be operated is situated. ”
(4)Paragraph 2 does not apply where no part of the place to which the application relates is within the area of a relevant planning authority.
(5)In paragraph 4—
(a)in sub-paragraph (1)—
(i)in paragraph (a), for “land” substitute “ place ”; and
(ii)in paragraph (b), for “in the locality” substitute “ in the area specified in or determined in accordance with regulations made by the Secretary of State ”;
(b)in sub-paragraph (2), for the words from “the locality” onwards substitute “ the area specified in or determined in accordance with regulations made by the Secretary of State. ”; and
(c)in sub-paragraph (3), for “in the locality” substitute “ who are likely to be affected by the consent applied for if it is given ”.
(6)Paragraph 5 does not apply; but sub-paragraphs (7) to (10) apply where—
(a)a public inquiry is to be held in accordance with paragraph 2(2) or 3(2); and
(b)the application for consent relates to a place a part of which is in the area of one or more relevant planning authorities.
(7)Except in so far as the Secretary of State otherwise directs, an inquiry held in accordance with paragraph 2(2) must be confined to so much of the application as relates to land within the area of the authority by whom an objection has been made.
(8)The Secretary of State must have regard to objections made otherwise than by the authority in question in determining whether to give a direction under sub-paragraph (7) and in determining (where he gives one) what direction to give.
(9)The Secretary of State may direct that separate inquiries may be held in relation to any or each of the following—
(a)so much of the application as relates to land within the area of a particular relevant planning authority;
(b)so much of the application as relates to anywhere that is not within the area of a relevant planning authority.
(10)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (7) a planning authority that has made an objection is to be treated as not having done so if the Secretary of State proposes to accede to the application subject to such modifications or conditions as meet that objection.”
(3)In section 36(9) of that Act (definition of extension), after “land” insert “ or area of waters ”.
(4)The functions conferred by virtue of this section on the Secretary of State are not to be exercisable by the Scottish Ministers, except in pursuance of an Order in Council made after the passing of this Act under section 63 of the Scotland Act 1998 (c. 46).