354. Environmental duties in connection with planning.

354.     Environmental duties in connection with planning.

Where a planning authority1 considers any coal-mining proposals included in an application for planning permission2, it must have regard to:

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    (1)     the desirability of the preservation of natural beauty, of the conservation of flora and fauna and geological or physiographical features of special interest and of the protection of sites, buildings, structures and objects of architectural, historic or archaeological interest3; and

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    (2)     the extent (if any) to which the person by whom the proposals were formulated has complied with certain requirements4.