Part 5Nature conservation

Chapter 1Marine conservation zones

Designation of zones

121Hearings by appropriate authority

(1)This section applies where the appropriate authority has the function of deciding whether to make an order under section 116 designating an area as an MCZ.

(2)The authority may, before making that decision, give to any person the opportunity of—

(a)appearing before and being heard by a person appointed for that purpose;

(b)providing written representations to such a person.

(3)The authority may make regulations providing for the procedure to be followed (including decisions as to costs) at hearings held under subsection (2).

(4)A person appointed under subsection (2) must make a report to the authority of any oral or written representations made under that subsection.