13(1)A marine plan authority which has published a consultation draft in accordance with paragraph 11 must consider appointing an independent person to investigate the proposals contained in that draft and to report on them.E+W+S+N.I.
(2)In deciding whether to appoint such a person, the marine plan authority must have regard to—
(a)any representations received about the matters to be included in the proposed marine plan, in response to the invitation issued pursuant to paragraph 5(5),
(b)any representations received about the proposals published in the consultation draft,
(c)the extent to which matters raised by representations falling within paragraph (b) have not been resolved,
and such other matters as the marine plan authority considers relevant.
(3)Any person so appointed must—
(a)make recommendations, and
(b)give reasons for the recommendations.
(4)The marine plan authority must publish the recommendations and the reasons given for them.