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  • specified provision(s) amendment to earlier commencing SI 2006/1061 art. 4 by S.I. 2010/321 art. 3
  • specified provision(s) amendment to earlier commencing SI 2007/1369 art. 3 by S.I. 2010/321 art. 4

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20Independent examinationE+W

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(1)The local planning authority must submit every development plan document to the Secretary of State for independent examination.

(2)But the authority must not submit such a document unless—

(a)they have complied with any relevant requirements contained in regulations under this Part, and

(b)they think the document is ready for independent examination.

(3)The authority must also send to the Secretary of State (in addition to the development plan document) such other documents (or copies of documents) and such information as is prescribed.

(4)The examination must be carried out by a person appointed by the Secretary of State.

(5)The purpose of an independent examination is to determine in respect of the development plan document—

(a)whether it satisfies the requirements of sections 19 and 24(1), regulations under section 17(7) and any regulations under section 36 relating to the preparation of development plan documents;

(b)whether it is sound.[F1; and

(c)whether the local planning authority complied with any duty imposed on the authority by section 33A in relation to its preparation.]

(6)Any person who makes representations seeking to change a development plan document must (if he so requests) be given the opportunity to appear before and be heard by the person carrying out the examination.

[F2(7)Where the person appointed to carry out the examination—

(a)has carried it out, and

(b)considers that, in all the circumstances, it would be reasonable to conclude—

(i)that the document satisfies the requirements mentioned in subsection (5)(a) and is sound, and

(ii)that the local planning authority complied with any duty imposed on the authority by section 33A in relation to the document's preparation,

the person must recommend that the document is adopted and give reasons for the recommendation.

(7A)Where the person appointed to carry out the examination—

(a)has carried it out, and

(b)is not required by subsection (7) to recommend that the document is adopted,

the person must recommend non-adoption of the document and give reasons for the recommendation.

(7B)Subsection (7C) applies where the person appointed to carry out the examination—

(a)does not consider that, in all the circumstances, it would be reasonable to conclude that the document satisfies the requirements mentioned in subsection (5)(a) and is sound, but

(b)does consider that, in all the circumstances, it would be reasonable to conclude that the local planning authority complied with any duty imposed on the authority by section 33A in relation to the document's preparation.

(7C)If asked to do so by the local planning authority, the person appointed to carry out the examination must recommend modifications of the document that would make it one that—

(a)satisfies the requirements mentioned in subsection (5)(a), and

(b)is sound.]

(8)The local planning authority must publish the recommendations and the reasons.

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Amendments (Textual)

F1S. 20(5)(c) and word inserted (15.11.2011) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), ss. 110(3), 240(5)(i) (with s. 144)

F2S. 20(7)-(7C) substituted for s. 20(7) (15.1.2012) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), ss. 112(2), 240(1)(h) (with ss. 112(6), 144)

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Commencement Information

I1S. 20 in force at 6.8.2004 for specified purposes by S.I. 2004/2097, art. 2

I2S. 20 in force at 28.9.2004 for E. so far as not already in force by S.I. 2004/2202, art. 2(b)

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