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The Town and Country Planning (Enforcement) (Inquiries Procedure) Rules 1992

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14.—(1) Where a person entitled to appear at an inquiry held for the purpose of an appeal under section 174 of the Planning Act proposes to give, or to call another person to give, evidence at the inquiry by reading a proof of evidence relating, in whole or in part, to the deemed application for planning permission under section 177(5) of that Act, he shall send a copy of the proof to the inspector together with, subject to paragraph (2), a written summary.

(2) No written summary shall be required where the proof of evidence proposed to be read contains no more than 1,500 words.

(3) The proof and any summary shall be sent to the inspector no later than—

(a)3 weeks before the date fixed for the holding of the inquiry; or

(b)where a time-table has been arranged pursuant to rule 9 which specifies a date by which the proof and any summary shall be sent to the inspector, that date.

(4) Where the appelant or the local planning authority send a copy of a proof to an inspector in accordance with paragraph (1), with or without a summary, they shall at the same time send a copy of that proof and any summary to the other party and to any other person on whom a copy of the enforcement notice has been served; and where any other party so sends a copy of such documents he shall at the same time send a copy to the appellant and the local planning authority and to any other person on whom a copy of the enforcement notice has been served.

(5) Where a written summary is provided in accordance with paragraph (1), only that summary shall be read at the inquiry, unless the inspector permits or requires otherwise.

(6) Any person required by this rule to send a copy of a proof to any other person shall send with it a copy of the whole, or the relevant part, of any documents referred to in it, unless a copy of the document or part of the document in question is already available for inspection pursuant to rule 8(8).

(7) The local planning authority shall afford to any person who so requests a reasonable opportunity to inspect and, where practicable, take copies of any document sent to or by them in accordance with this rule.

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