[303A Responsibility of local planning authorities for costs of holding certain inquiries etc]
[303A Responsibility of local planning authorities for costs of holding certain inquiries etc]

[[(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.]