102Requirements in connection with changes to existing EPB arrangementsE+W
(1)The Secretary of State may make an order under any of sections 89, 91, 92, 95 and 96 in relation to an existing EPB only if, having regard to a scheme prepared and published under section 101, the Secretary of State considers that the making of the order is likely to improve—
(a)the exercise of statutory functions relating to economic development and regeneration in the area or areas to which the order relates, or
(b)economic conditions in that area or those areas.
(2)Before making the order, the Secretary of State must consult—
(a)such of the authorities mentioned in section 100(2), and
(b)such other persons (if any),
as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.
(3)In making the order, the Secretary of State must have regard to the need—
(a)to reflect the identities and interests of local communities, and
(b)to secure effective and convenient local government.