[76A Major infrastructure projects]
[76A Major infrastructure projects]

[(1)     This section applies to—

(a)     an application for planning permission;

(b)     an application for the approval of a local planning authority required under a development order,

if the Secretary of State thinks that the development to which the application relates is of national or regional importance.

(2)     The Secretary of State may direct that the application must be referred to him instead of being dealt with by the local planning authority.

(3)     If the Secretary of State gives a direction under subsection (2) he may also direct that any application—

(a)     under or for the purposes of the planning Acts, and

(b)     which he thinks is connected with the application mentioned in subsection (1),