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Referral of special site decisions to the Planning Appeals CommissionN.I.

52.—(1) In any case where—

(a)a district council gives notice of a decision to the Department under Article 51(1)(b)(i) or (5)(b), but

(b)before the expiration of the period of 21 days from the day on which that notice is so given, the Department gives the council notice that it disagrees with the decision, together with a statement of its reasons for disagreeing,

the council shall refer the decision to the Planning Appeals Commission.

(2) Part III of Schedule 2 shall have effect where a decision is referred to the Planning Appeals Commission under paragraph (1).

(3) Where a decision is referred to the Planning Appeals Commission under paragraph (1)—

(a)the council shall give notice of that referral to the Department and to the relevant persons;

(b)the Planning Appeals Commission shall confirm or reverse the decision with respect to the whole or any part of the land to which it relates;

(c)the council shall give notice of the decision of the Planning Appeals Commission on the referral to the Department and to the relevant persons; and

(d)the decision shall not take effect until the day after that on which the notice required by sub-paragraph (c) has been given to the persons there mentioned and shall then take effect as confirmed or reversed by the Planning Appeals Commission.

(4) Where a decision which takes effect in accordance with paragraph (3)(d) is to the effect that at least some land is land which is required to be designated as a special site, the notice given under paragraph (3)(c) shall have effect, as from the time when the decision takes effect, as the designation of that land as such a site.

(5) In this Article “the relevant persons” has the same meaning as in Article 51.

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