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22.—(1) The Secretary of State may at any time direct a local planning authority–
(a)not to adopt an SPD until he has decided whether to give a direction under section 21(1); and
(b)to send to him a copy of the SPD made available under regulation 17(1)(a).
(2) If the Secretary of State issues the first-mentioned direction in paragraph (1), the authority must–
(a)if the direction is made before they have complied with regulation 17, at the time they comply with that regulation–
(i)publish the direction and make it available for inspection during normal office hours–
(aa)at their principal office, and
(bb)at such other places within their area as the authority consider appropriate; and
(ii)send a copy of the SPD to the Secretary of State;
(b)if the direction is made after they have complied with regulation 17–
(i)make the direction available for inspection during normal office hours at the places at which the SPD was made available under regulation 17(1)(a),
(ii)publish the direction on their website.
(3) The first-mentioned direction in paragraph (1) shall be treated as withdrawn on the date on which the authority receive—
(a)notice that the Secretary of State does not intend to give a direction under section 21(1); or
(b)the Secretary of State’s direction under section 21(1).
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