[[(1) This section applies if the appropriate authority appoints a person to carry out or hold a qualifying procedure.
(1A) A qualifying procedure is—
(a) an independent examination under section 20[, 21(5)(b), 27(3)(a)] or 64 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004;
(b) a local inquiry or other hearing under paragraph 8(1)(a) of Schedule 7;
(c) the consideration of objections under paragraph 8(1)(b) of that Schedule.
(1B) The [Where a local planning authority cause a qualifying procedure to be carried out or held, the] appropriate authority is—
(a) the Secretary of State if the local planning authority causing the procedure to be carried out or held is in England;
(b) the National Assembly for Wales if the local planning authority causing the procedure to be carried out or held is in Wales.]
[(1C) Where the qualifying procedure is an independent examination of a strategic development plan under section 64 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, the appropriate authority is the Welsh Ministers.]
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