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The Silvertown Tunnel Order 2018

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PART 2PROCEDURE FOR DISCHARGE OF REQUIREMENTS

Interpretation

22.  In this Part of this Schedule, “discharging authority” means—

(a)any body responsible for giving any consent, agreement or approval required by a requirement included in Part 1 of this Schedule, or for giving any consent, agreement or approval further to any document referred to in any such requirement; or

(b)the local authority in the exercise of its functions set out in sections 60 (control of noise of construction sites) and 61 (prior consent for work on construction sites) of the Control of Pollution Act 1974(1).

Applications made under requirements

23.—(1) Where TfL proposes to make an application to a discharging authority for any consent, agreement or approval required by a requirement contained in Part 1 of this Schedule, no later than 28 days prior to submitting the application TfL must provide a draft of the proposed application to the discharging authority, unless otherwise agreed by the discharging authority.

(2) At the same time as submitting a draft of a proposed application to the Council of the London Borough of Newham under sub-paragraph (1) in respect of—

(a)any consent, agreement or approval required by paragraph 5(3) of Part 1 of this Schedule; or

(b)any consent, agreement or approval required further to any document referred to in any such requirement,

TfL must consult the Council of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets about the draft of the proposed application and when finalising the contents of the application TfL must take into account any comments made by the Council of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets during that consultation.

(3) An application to the discharging authority for any consent, agreement or approval required by a requirement contained in Part 1 of this Schedule must be accompanied by a statement summarising how TfL considers it has complied with the obligations applicable to the requirement set out in Part 1 of this Schedule.

(4) Where an application has been made to the discharging authority for any consent, agreement or approval required by a requirement contained in Part 1 of this Schedule, or for any consent, agreement or approval further to any document referred to in any such requirement, the discharging authority must give notice to TfL of its decision on the application within a period of 8 weeks beginning with—

(a)the day immediately following that on which the application is received by the discharging authority; or

(b)where further information is requested under paragraph 24, the day immediately following that on which the further information has been supplied by TfL,

or such longer period as may be agreed in writing by TfL and the discharging authority.

(5) Where an application has been made to the Council of the London Borough of Newham in respect of—

(a)any consent, agreement or approval required by paragraph 5(3) of Part 1 of this Schedule; or

(b)any consent, agreement or approval required further to any document referred to in any such requirement,

the Council of the London Borough of Newham must not give notice to TfL of its decision until the Council of the London Borough of Newham has consulted the Council of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in respect of that application for a period of not less than 21 days, and considered any representations made by the Council of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on the application received within that time.

(6) In determining any application made to the discharging authority for any consent, agreement or approval required by a requirement contained in Part 1 of this Schedule, the discharging authority may—

(a)give or refuse its consent, agreement or approval; or

(b)give its consent, agreement or approval subject to reasonable conditions,

and where consent, agreement or approval is refused or granted subject to conditions the discharging authority must provide its reasons for that decision with the notice of the decision.

Further information regarding requirements

24.—(1) In relation to any application referred to in paragraph 23, the discharging authority may request such further information from TfL as it considers necessary to enable it to consider the application.

(2) If the discharging authority considers that further information is necessary and the requirement concerned contained in Part 1 of this Schedule does not specify that consultation with a consultee is required, the discharging authority must, within 10 business days of receipt of the application, notify TfL in writing specifying the further information required.

(3) If the requirement concerned contained in Part 1 of this Schedule specifies that consultation with a consultee is required, the discharging authority must issue the application to the consultee within five business days of receipt of the application, and notify TfL in writing specifying any further information requested by the consultee within five business days of receipt of such a request.

(4) If the discharging authority does not give the notification within the period specified in sub-paragraph (2) or (3) it (and the consultee, as the case may be) is deemed to have sufficient information to consider the application and is not entitled to request further information without the prior agreement of TfL.

Appeals

25.—(1) Where a person (“the applicant”) makes an application to a discharging authority, the applicant may appeal to the Secretary of State in the event that—

(a)the discharging authority refuses an application for any consent, agreement or approval required by—

(i)a requirement contained in Part 1 of this Schedule; or

(ii)a document referred to in any requirement contained in Part 1 of this Schedule;

(b)the discharging authority does not determine such an application within the time period set out in paragraph 23(4)23(1), or grants it subject to conditions;

(c)the discharging authority issues a notice further to sections 60 (control of noise of construction sites) or 61 (prior consent for work on construction sites) of the Control of Pollution Act 1974;

(d)on receipt of a request for further information pursuant to paragraph 24 of this Part of this Schedule, the applicant considers that either the whole or part of the specified information requested by the discharging authority is not necessary for consideration of the application; or

(e)on receipt of any further information requested, the discharging authority notifies the applicant that the information provided is inadequate and requests additional information which the applicant considers is not necessary for consideration of the application.

(2) The appeal process is as follows—

(a)any appeal by the applicant must be made within 42 days of the date of the notice of the decision or determination, or (where no determination has been made) the expiry of the time period set out in paragraph 23(4), giving rise to the appeal referred to in sub-paragraph (1);

(b)the applicant must submit the appeal documentation to the Secretary of State and must on the same day provide copies of the appeal documentation to the discharging authority and any consultee specified under the relevant requirement contained in Part 1 of this Schedule;

(c)as soon as is practicable after receiving the appeal documentation, the Secretary of State must appoint a person to consider the appeal (“the appointed person”) and must notify the appeal parties of the identity of the appointed person and the address to which all correspondence for the attention of the appointed person should be sent;

(d)the discharging authority and any consultee (if applicable) must submit their written representations together with any other representations to the appointed person in respect of the appeal within 10 business days of the start date specified by the appointed person and must ensure that copies of their written representations and any other representations as sent to the appointed person are sent to each other and to the applicant on the day on which they are submitted to the appointed person;

(e)the appeal parties must make any counter-submissions to the appointed person within 10 business days of receipt of written representations pursuant to paragraph (c); and

(f)the appointed person must make a decision and notify it to the appeal parties, with reasons, as soon as reasonably practicable after the end of the 10 day period for counter-submissions under paragraph (e).

(3) The appointment of the appointed person pursuant to sub-paragraph (2)(c) may be undertaken by a person appointed by the Secretary of State for this purpose instead of by the Secretary of State.

(4) In the event that the appointed person considers that further information is necessary to enable the appointed person to consider the appeal the appointed person must as soon as practicable notify the appeal parties in writing specifying the further information required, the appeal party from whom the information is sought, and the date by which the information is to be submitted.

(5) Any further information required pursuant to sub-paragraph (4) must be provided by the party from whom the information is sought to the appointed person and to the other appeal parties by the date specified by the appointed person. The appointed person must notify the appeal parties of the revised timetable for the appeal on or before that day. The revised timetable for the appeal must require submission of written representations to the appointed person within 10 business days of the date specified by the appointed person but must otherwise be in accordance with the process and time limits set out in sub-paragraphs (2)(c)-(e).

(6) On an appeal under this paragraph, the appointed person may—

(a)allow or dismiss the appeal; or

(b)reverse or vary any part of the decision of the discharging authority (whether the appeal relates to that part of it or not),

and may deal with the application as if it had been made to the appointed person in the first instance.

(7) The appointed person may proceed to a decision on an appeal taking into account such written representations as have been sent within the relevant time limits and in the sole discretion of the appointed person such written representations as have been sent outside of the relevant time limits.

(8) The appointed person may proceed to a decision even though no written representations have been made within the relevant time limits, if it appears to the appointed person that there is sufficient material to enable a decision to be made on the merits of the case.

(9) The decision of the appointed person on an appeal is final and binding on the parties, and a court may entertain proceedings for questioning the decision only if the proceedings are brought by a claim for a judicial review.

(10) If an approval is given by the appointed person pursuant to this Part of this Schedule, it is deemed to be an approval for the purpose of Part 1 of this Schedule as if it had been given by the discharging authority. The discharging authority may confirm any determination given by the appointed person in identical form in writing but a failure to give such confirmation (or a failure to give it in identical form) is not to be taken to affect or invalidate the effect of the appointed person’s determination.

(11) Save where a direction is given pursuant to sub-paragraph (12) requiring the costs of the appointed person to be paid by the discharging authority, the reasonable costs of the appointed person are to be met by the applicant.

(12) On application by the discharging authority or the applicant, the appointed person may give directions as to the costs of the appeal parties and as to the parties by whom the costs of the appeal are to be paid. In considering whether to make any such direction and the terms on which it is to be made, the appointed person must have regard to relevant guidance on the Planning Practice Guidance website or any official circular or guidance which may from time to time replace it.

(1)

1974 c. 40. Section 61 was amended by Schedule 7 to the Building Act 1984 (c. 55), Schedule 15 to the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (c. 43) and Schedule 24 to the Environment Act 1995 (c. 25). There are other amendments to section 61 but none are relevant.

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