If on an application for a direction1 the appropriate national authority2 considers that the operation of a requirement in building regulations3 would be unreasonable in relation to the particular case to which the application relates, it may, after consultation with the local authority4, give a direction dispensing with or relaxing that requirement5. If building regulations so provide as regards a requirement contained in the regulations, the power to dispense with or relax that requirement is exercisable by the local authority (instead of by the appropriate national authority after
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