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Housing and Planning Act 2016

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181Confirmation by inspector

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(1)The Acquisition of Land Act 1981 is amended as follows.

(2)After section 14C (inserted by section 180 of this Act), insert—

14DPower to appoint inspector

(1)A confirming authority may appoint a person (“an inspector”) to act instead of it in relation to the confirmation of a compulsory purchase order to which section 13A applies.

(2)An inspector may be appointed to act in relation to—

(a)a specific compulsory purchase order, or

(b)a description of compulsory purchase orders.

(3)An inspector—

(a)has the same functions as a confirming authority under this Part (excluding this section),

(b)retains those functions even if all remaining objections are withdrawn after the inspector has begun to act in relation to a compulsory purchase order, and

(c)may hold a public local inquiry under section 13A(3)(a) or act as the person appointed to hear remaining objections under section 13A(3)(b).

(4)Where an inspector is to act in relation to a compulsory purchase order, the confirming authority must inform—

(a)every person who has made a remaining objection, and

(b)the acquiring authority.

(5)Where an inspector decides whether or not to confirm the whole or part of a compulsory purchase order, the inspector’s decision is to be treated as that of the confirming authority.

(6)The confirming authority may at any time—

(a)revoke its appointment of an inspector, and

(b)appoint another inspector.

(7)If the confirming authority revokes its appointment of an inspector while the inspector is acting in relation to a compulsory purchase order and does not replace the inspector, the authority must give its reasons—

(a)to the inspector whose appointment has been revoked, and

(b)to all those informed under subsection (4).

(8)Where in any enactment there is a provision that applies in relation to a confirming authority acting under this Part, that provision is to be read as applying equally in relation to an inspector so far as the context permits.

(9)In this section “remaining objection” is to be construed in accordance with section 13A.

(3)In section 2 (procedure for authorisation), for subsection (2) substitute—

(2)A compulsory purchase order authorising a compulsory purchase by an authority other than a Minister is to be—

(a)made by that authority,

(b)submitted to the confirming authority, and

(c)confirmed in accordance with Part 2 of this Act.

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