196 Further provisions as to references and appeals to the Secretary of State
196 Further provisions as to references and appeals to the Secretary of State

(1)     Before determining . . . an appeal to him under section 195(1), the Secretary of State shall, if either the [appellant] or the local planning authority so wish, give each of them an opportunity of appearing before, and being heard by, a person appointed by the Secretary of State for the purpose.

[(1A)     Subsection (1) does not apply to an appeal against a decision of a local planning authority in England.]

[(1B)     Subsection (1) does not apply to an appeal to the Welsh Ministers.]

(2)     Where the Secretary of State grants [a certificate under section 191 or 192 on] such an appeal [an appeal under section 195(1)], he shall give notice to the local planning authority of that fact.