(1) In this Act, except in so far as the context otherwise requires and subject to the following provisions of this section and to any transitional provision made by the Planning (Consequential Provisions) Act 1990—
“the 1944 Act” means the Town and Country Planning Act 1944;
“the 1947 Act” means the Town and Country Planning Act 1947;
“the 1954 Act” means the Town and Country Planning Act 1954 ;
“the 1959 Act” means the Town and Country Planning Act 1959;
“the 1962 Act” means the Town and Country Planning Act 1962;
“the 1968 Act” means the Town and Country Planning Act 1968;
“the 1971 Act” means the Town and Country Planning Act 1971;
“acquiring authority”, in relation to the acquisition of an interest in land (whether compulsorily or by agreement) or to a proposal so to acquire such an interest, means the government department, local authority or other body by whom the interest is, or is proposed to be, acquired;
[“address”, in relation to electronic communications, means any number or address used for the purposes of such communications;]
“advertisement” means any word, letter, model, sign, placard, board, notice [awning, blind], device or representation, whether illuminated or not, in the nature of, and employed wholly or partly for the purposes of, advertisement, announcement or direction, and (without prejudice to the previous provisions of this definition), includes any hoarding or similar structure used, [or designed] or adapted for use, [and anything else principally used, or designed or adapted principally for
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