(1) Provision may be made by a development order for regulating the manner in which applications for planning permission[, or permission in principle,] to develop land are to be dealt with by local planning authorities, and in particular—
(a) for enabling the Secretary of State to give directions restricting the grant of planning permission [or permission in principle] by the local planning authority, either indefinitely or during such period as may be specified in the directions, in respect of any such development, or in respect of development of any such class, as may be so specified;
(b) for authorising the local planning authority, in such cases and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed by the order or by directions given by the Secretary of State under it, to grant planning permission[, or permission in principle,] for development which does not accord with the provisions of the development plan;
(c) for requiring that, before planning permission [or permission in principle] for any development is granted or refused, local planning authorities prescribed by the order or by directions given by the Secretary of State under it shall consult with such authorities or persons as may be so prescribed;
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