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The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010

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Reference of applications to an appropriate authority

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62.—(1) An appropriate authority may give directions to a regulator requiring that a particular application or class of application be referred to it for determination.

(2) The regulator must—

(a)inform the applicant of the fact that the application is being referred to the appropriate authority; and

(b)forward to the appropriate authority any representations made in respect of the application.

(3) When an application is referred to an appropriate authority, the appropriate authority—

(a)may afford the applicant and the regulator an opportunity of appearing before and being heard by a person appointed by the appropriate authority, and

(b)must do so in any case where a request is duly made by the applicant or the regulator to be so heard.

(4) A request under paragraph (3)(b) must be made in writing within 15 working days after the day on which the applicant is informed that the application is being referred to the appropriate authority.

(5) A hearing under paragraph (3) is subject to paragraphs 5(2) to (6) and 6 of Schedule 6 (except paragraph 5(3)(c)) as if it were a hearing under paragraph 5(1) of that Schedule with the following modifications—

(a)“the appellant” is to be read as “the applicant”;

(b)“the appeal” is to be read as “the application”.

(6) On determining an application referred to it under this regulation the appropriate authority must give to the regulator a direction as to whether the regulator is to grant the application and, if so, the conditions that are to be attached to the environmental permit.

(7) In this regulation, “application” means an application—

(a)for the grant of an environmental permit, or

(b)for the variation of an environmental permit.

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