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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 5Further Information and Evidence: Consultation and Public Participation

Further information or evidence: publicity requirements

30.—(1) The applicant, appellant or operator must publish in a local newspaper circulating in the locality in which the land is situated, a notice stating–

(a)the name of the person who has applied for or who has appealed in relation to the determination of the conditions to which the planning permission is to be subject, the relevant provisions of the 1991 or 1995 Act pursuant to which the application is made and the name and address of the relevant mineral planning authority;

(b)the date on which the application was made and, if it be the case, that it has been referred to the Welsh Ministers for determination or is the subject of an appeal to them;

(c)the address or location and the nature of the proposed development;

(d)that a copy of the application and of any plan and other documents submitted with it may be inspected by members of the public at all reasonable hours;

(e)if an environmental statement has been the subject of written notification given under regulation 18(21), that a copy of the environmental statement may be inspected by members of the public at all reasonable hours;

(f)if further information or evidence has previously been the subject of written notification given under regulation 28(8), that a copy of that information or evidence may be inspected by members of the public at all reasonable hours;

(g)if other relevant information has previously been published in accordance with regulation 37, that a copy of that other relevant information may be inspected by members of the public at all reasonable hours;

(h)that further information or evidence is available in connection with an EIA application;

(i)that a copy of that further information or evidence may be inspected by members of the public at all reasonable hours;

(j)an address in the locality in which the land is situated at which that further information or evidence may be inspected and the latest date on which it will be available for inspection (being a date not less than 21 days later than the date on which the notice is published);

(k)an address in the locality in which the land is situated at which copies of the application, any environmental statement, any further information or evidence of the kind referred to in sub-paragraph (f), or any other relevant information of the kind referred to in sub-paragraph (g), may be inspected;

(l)an address (whether or not the same as that given pursuant to sub-paragraph (j)) in the locality in which the land is situated at which copies of that further information or evidence may be obtained;

(m)that copies may be obtained there so long as stocks last;

(n)if a charge is to be made for a copy, the amount of the charge;

(o)that any person wishing to make representations about the further information or evidence should make them in writing to the relevant mineral planning authority or, as the case may be, to the Welsh Ministers, before the expiration of 21 days from the date of the notice; and

(p)the address to which representations must be sent.

(2) Where the applicant, appellant or operator has been notified of any particular person who is or is likely to be affected by, or have an interest in the EIA application, the applicant, appellant or operator must serve on every such person a notice; and the notice must contain the information specified in paragraph (1), except that the date specified as the latest date on which the documents will be available for inspection must not be less than 21 days later than the date on which the notice is first served.

(3) The applicant, appellant or operator must, unless it has not, and was not reasonably able to acquire, such rights as would enable it to do so post, or arrange to have posted, on the land a notice containing the information specified in paragraph (1), except that the date specified as the latest date on which the documents will be available for inspection must be not less than 21 days later than the date on which the notice is first posted.

(4) The notice mentioned in paragraph (3) must–

(a)be left in position for not less than seven days in the 28 days immediately preceding the date on which the certificate required pursuant to regulation 31(2)(b) is submitted; and

(b)be affixed firmly to some object on the land and sited and displayed in such a way as to be easily visible to, and readable by, members of the public without going on to the land.

Documentary evidence to be submitted to a relevant mineral planning authority or the Welsh Ministers following publicity regarding further information or evidence

31.—(1) An applicant or operator notified under regulation 28(8) must submit—

(a)where the notification was given by a relevant mineral planning authority, to that authority;

(b)where the notification was given by a relevant mineral planning authority and before submitting the documents required under this regulation the EIA application in question is referred to the Welsh Ministers for determination, to the Welsh Ministers; or

(c)where the notification was given by the Welsh Ministers, to the Welsh Ministers,

the documents specified in paragraph (2).

(2) The specified documents are—

(a)a copy of the notice mentioned in regulation 30(1) certified by or on behalf of the applicant, appellant or operator as having been published in a named newspaper on a date specified in the certificate;

(b)a certificate by or on behalf of the applicant, appellant or operator which states either—

(i)that the applicant, appellant or operator has posted a notice on the land in compliance with this regulation and the date on which the notice was so posted, and that either the notice was left in position for not less than seven days in the 28 days immediately preceding the date on which the certificate is submitted, or that, without any fault or intention on the part of the applicant, appellant or operator, it was removed, obscured or defaced before seven days had elapsed and the applicant, appellant or operator took reasonable steps for its protection or replacement, specifying the steps taken; or

(ii)that the applicant, appellant or operator was unable to comply with regulation 30(3) and (4) because the applicant, appellant or operator did not have the necessary rights to do so; that the applicant, appellant or operator has taken such reasonable steps as are open to the applicant, appellant or operator to acquire those rights; and has been unable to do so, specifying the steps taken; and

(c)where the applicant, appellant or operator has been notified of any particular person who is likely to affected by, or have an interest in, the application, a copy of the notice mentioned in regulation 30(2) certified by or on behalf of the applicant, appellant or operator as having been given on a date specified in the certificate.

(3) If any person issues a certificate which purports to comply with the requirements of paragraph (2)(b) and which contains a statement which that person knows to be false or misleading in any material particular, or recklessly issues a certificate which purports to comply with those requirements and which contains a statement which is false or misleading in any material particular, that person is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

Procedure following notice given under regulation 28(8)

32.—(1) An applicant, appellant or operator notified under regulation 28(8) must, within seven days of the date of that notification, provide to the relevant mineral planning authority or the Welsh Ministers (as the case may be), such number of copies of the further information or evidence as are specified in the notice given under that regulation.

(2) A relevant mineral planning authority must, within 14 days of the date of a notice given by it under regulation 28(8)—

(a)send to the Welsh Ministers, two copies of the further information or evidence to which the notice relates;

(b)send to each of the consultation bodies a copy of the further information or evidence to which the notice relates; and

(c)give written notification to each consultation body stating that any representation it wishes to make in response to the consultation should be made in writing to the relevant mineral planning authority within 28 days of the date of the notice (or such longer period as may be agreed between the relevant mineral planning authority and the consultation body);

(3) The Welsh Ministers must, as soon as reasonably practicable following the date of a notice given by them under regulation 28(8)—

(a)send to each of the consultation bodies a copy of the further information or evidence to which the notice relates;

(b)give written notification to each consultation body stating that any representation it wishes to make in response to the consultation should be made in writing to the Welsh Ministers within 28 days of the date of the notice (or such longer period as may be agreed between the Welsh Ministers and the consultation body); and

(c)send to the relevant mineral planning authority a copy of the further information or evidence to which the notice relates.

(4) Where a relevant mineral planning authority or the Welsh Ministers give written notification under regulation 28(8), the authority or, as the case may be, the Welsh Ministers, must suspend consideration of the application or appeal in question until the expiry of the relevant period applicable in accordance with regulation 29(1); and must not determine the application or appeal until the expiry of 21 days following the date on which that relevant period ends .

Availability of copies of further information and evidence

33.  An applicant, appellant or operator to which written notification is given under regulation 28(8) must ensure that a reasonable number of copies of the further information or evidence are available at the address named in the notices published or posted pursuant to regulation 30 as the address at which such copies may be obtained.

Provision of copies of further information and evidence for the Welsh Ministers on referral or appeal

34.  Where an EIA application is referred or appealed to the Welsh Ministers on or after the date on which these Regulations come into force, the Welsh Ministers may by notice in writing, require the applicant, appellant or an operator to provide such number of copies of any further information or evidence as they consider necessary, within such period as is specified in the notice.

Charges for copies of further information and evidence

35.  A reasonable charge reflecting printing and distribution costs may be made to a member of the public for a copy of further information or evidence made available in accordance with regulation 33.

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