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The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Undetermined Reviews of Old Mineral Permissions) (Wales) Regulations 2009

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CHAPTER 4Further Information and Evidence

Further information

26.—(1) Where a relevant mineral planning authority or the Welsh Ministers reasonably consider that further information is required to properly consider an EIA application or, in the case of the Welsh Ministers, to properly consider an appeal in relation to an EIA application, and either—

(a)the applicant or appellant is (or should be) able to provide such information, or

(b)an operator is (or should be) able to provide such information,

the relevant mineral planning authority or the Welsh Ministers must notify the applicant, the appellant or, as the case may be, the operator, in writing of the further information required.

(2) A written notification given under paragraph (1) must state clearly and precisely the information required.

(3) Written notification given under paragraph (1) must be accompanied by written notification of the matters set out in paragraph 15 of Schedule 3.

(4) Further information required pursuant to a notification under paragraph (1) must be provided within 6 weeks of the date of the notice, or such longer period as may be agreed in writing with the relevant mineral planning authority or the Welsh Ministers (as the case may be) (“the relevant period”).

(5) If further information is not provided within the relevant period the planning permission to which the EIA application or appeal relates ceases to authorise any minerals development from the end of the relevant period.

(6) A written notification given under paragraph (1) does not preclude a relevant mineral planning authority or the Welsh Ministers from giving a further written notification under that paragraph or under regulation 27 (evidence).

(7) A relevant mineral planning authority or the Welsh Ministers may withdraw a written notification given under paragraph (1) at any time before the expiration of the relevant period.

Evidence

27.—(1) A relevant mineral planning authority or the Welsh Ministers may by notification in writing require an applicant or appellant to produce such evidence as they may reasonably call for to verify–

(a)any screening information;

(b)any scoping information;

(c)any information in an environmental statement;

(d)any further information;

(e)any other information,

submitted by the applicant or, as the case may be, by the appellant.

(2) A relevant mineral planning authority or the Welsh Ministers may by notification in writing, require an operator to produce such evidence as they may reasonably call for to verify any screening information, scoping information, specified information or any further information submitted by the operator pursuant to a written notification given under these Regulations.

(3) Written notification given under paragraph (1) or (2) must be accompanied by written notification of the matters set out in paragraph 16 of Schedule 3

(4) Evidence required pursuant to a written notification given under paragraph (1) or (2) must be provided within 6 weeks beginning with the date of the notification or such longer period as may be agreed in writing with the authority or the Welsh Ministers (“the relevant period”).

(5) If evidence required pursuant to a written notification given under paragraph (1) or (2) is not provided within the relevant period the planning permission to which the EIA application relates ceases to authorise any minerals development from the end of the relevant period.

(6) A written notification given under paragraph (1) or (2) does not preclude a relevant mineral planning authority or the Welsh Ministers from giving a further written notification under those paragraphs or under regulation 26 (further information).

(7) A relevant mineral planning authority or the Welsh Ministers may withdraw a written notification given under paragraph (1) or (2) at any time before the expiration of the relevant period.

Further information and evidence: pre-consultation check

28.—(1) Where a relevant mineral planning authority or the Welsh Ministers (“the recipient”) receives further information or evidence the recipient must comply with paragraph (4) and notify the applicant, the appellant or, as the case may be, the operator, in writing in accordance with either—

(a)paragraph (5); or

(b)paragraph (8).

(2) Where the recipient is a relevant mineral planning authority, the recipient must comply with paragraph (1) within 3 weeks of receipt of the further information or evidence in question.

  • But this is subject to paragraph (10).

(3) Where the recipient is the Welsh Ministers, the recipient must comply with paragraph (1) as soon as reasonably practicable following receipt of the further information or evidence.

  • But this is subject to paragraph (12).

(4) The recipient must consider whether the further information or evidence is presented in an inappropriate form.

(5) If the recipient reasonably considers that the further information or evidence is presented in an inappropriate form, the recipient must notify the applicant, the appellant or, as the case may be, the operator, in writing of—

(a)the changes which are required to be made to the form in which the further information or evidence is presented; and

(b)the matters set out in paragraph 17 of Schedule 3.

(6) Where changes are required to be made to the form in which further information or evidence is presented pursuant to a written notification given under paragraph (5), the further information or evidence must be re-submitted in a form incorporating the changes identified in the notification within 3 weeks of the date of the notification given under that paragraph, or such longer period as may be agreed in writing with the relevant mineral planning authority or the Welsh Ministers (“the relevant period”).

(7) If the further information or evidence is not re-submitted in a form incorporating the changes identified pursuant to a written notification given under paragraph (5) within the relevant period, the planning permission to which the EIA application relates ceases to authorise any minerals development from the end of the relevant period.

(8) If the recipient is satisfied that further information or evidence is not presented in an inappropriate form, the recipient must, in writing—

(a)instruct the applicant, the appellant or, as the case may be, the operator, to comply with regulation 30;

(b)specify the number of copies of the further information or evidence required for the purposes of the recipient’s duties under regulation 32;

(c)where the recipient is aware that any particular person is or is likely to be affected by, or has an interest in, the application and who is unlikely to become aware of it by means of a site notice or by local advertisement, identify any such person;

(d)notify the applicant, the appellant or, as the case may be, the operator, of the matters set out in paragraph 18 of Schedule 3.

(9) Where the recipient is a relevant mineral planning authority and the recipient is satisfied as mentioned in paragraph (8) as a result of further information or evidence re-submitted pursuant to a written notification given under paragraph (5) the recipient must comply with paragraph (8) within 3 weeks of receipt of the re-submitted further information or evidence in question.

  • But this is subject to paragraph (10).

(10) Where the recipient is a relevant mineral planning authority and the further information or evidence received by it relates to an application in connection with which written notification pursuant to regulation 18(21) has yet to be given, the recipient need not comply with paragraph (8) within 3 weeks of receipt of the further information or evidence in question or, as the case may be, within 3 weeks of receipt of the re-submitted further information or evidence in question, but must comply with that paragraph within 14 days of the date on which written notification is given pursuant to regulation 18(21).

(11) Where the recipient is the Welsh Ministers and the recipient is satisfied as mentioned in paragraph (8) as a result of further information or evidence re-submitted pursuant to a written notification given under paragraph (5), the recipient must comply with paragraph (8) as soon as reasonably practicable following receipt of the further information or evidence in question.

  • But this is subject to paragraph (12).

(12) Where recipient is the Welsh Ministers and the further information or evidence received by them relates to an application or appeal in connection with which written notification pursuant to regulation 18(21) has yet to be given, the recipient need not comply with paragraph (8) as soon as reasonably practicable following receipt of the further information or evidence in question or, as the case may be, as soon as reasonably practicable following receipt of the re-submitted further information or evidence in question, but must comply with that paragraph as soon as reasonably practicable following the date on which written notification is given pursuant to regulation 18(21).

(13) Written notification given under this regulation does not preclude a relevant mineral planning authority or the Welsh Ministers from giving written notification under regulation 26 (further information) or 27 (evidence).

(14) A relevant mineral planning authority or the Welsh Ministers may withdraw a written notification given under paragraph (5) at any time before the expiration of the relevant period.

Further information and evidence: requirement to submit documentary evidence of publication

29.—(1) An applicant, an appellant or an operator notified under regulation 28(8) must comply with regulation 30 within 6 weeks of the date of that notification, or such longer period as may be agreed in writing with the authority or, as the case may be, the Welsh Ministers (“the relevant period”).

(2) If an applicant, an appellant or an operator notified under regulation 28(8) does not comply with regulation 30 within the relevant period, the planning permission to which the EIA application relates ceases to authorise any minerals development from the end of that relevant period.

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