(1) In a non-metropolitan county—
(a) the council of a county is the county planning authority for the county, and
(b) the council of a district is the district planning authority for the district,
and references in the planning Acts to a local planning authority in relation to a non-metropolitan county shall be construed, subject to any express provision to the contrary, as references to both the county planning authority and the district planning authorities.
[(1A) Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to Wales.
(1B) In Wales—
(a) the local planning authority for a county is the county council; and
(b) the local planning authority for a county borough is the county borough council.]
(2) The council of a metropolitan district is the local planning authority for the district and the council of a London borough is the local planning authority for the borough.
[But, in the case of a London borough, see also sections 2A to 2E (Mayor of London).]
(3) In England (exclusive of the metropolitan counties, Greater London and the Isles of Scilly) < . . . > all functions conferred on local planning authorities by or under the planning Acts shall be exercisable both by county planning authorities and district planning authorities. . . . >
(4) In this Act “mineral planning authority” means—
(a) in respect of a site in a non-metropolitan county, the county planning authority; and
(b) in respect of a site in a metropolitan district or London borough, the local planning authority.
[(4A) Subsection (4) does not apply in relation to Wales.
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