[62A When application may be made directly to Secretary of State]
[62A When application may be made directly to Secretary of State]

[(1)     A relevant application that would otherwise have to be made to the local planning authority may (if the applicant so chooses) be made instead to the Secretary of State if the following conditions are met at the time it is made—

[(a)     the local planning authority concerned is designated by the Secretary of State for applications of a description specified in the designation; and

(b)     the application falls within that description].

[(1A)     Only prescribed descriptions of application may be specified in a designation under subsection (1).]

[(2)     In this section “relevant application” means—

(a)     an application for planning permission, or permission in principle, for the development of land in England, or

(b)     an application for approval of a matter that, as defined by section 92, is a reserved matter in the case of an outline planning permission for the development of land in England,