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48Compensation in respect of planning decisions relating to spaceport safety etc: Northern Ireland

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(1)A district council in Northern Ireland is entitled to recover from the relevant person a sum equal to any compensation that council is liable to pay, if—

(a)the council becomes liable to pay compensation to any person because of a planning decision taken under the Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 by a council, the Department for Infrastructure, or the Planning Appeals Commission, and

(b)the liability is attributable to a planning decision that would not have been taken but for the need to secure the safe and efficient operation of—

(i)a spaceport, or

(ii)range control apparatus.

(2)“The relevant person” is—

(a)where subsection (1)(b)(i) applies, the person authorised to operate the spaceport by a spaceport licence;

(b)where subsection (1)(b)(ii) applies, the range control service provider who operates the relevant range control apparatus.

(3)In this section—

  • “planning decision” includes a revocation or modification of a planning permission under Part 3 of the Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011;

  • “range control apparatus” means apparatus operated by a range control service provider for the purposes of providing range control services.

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