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Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]

House of Lords written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of Lord Goodlad Lord Goodlad Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Planning Inspectorate about the proposed appellate functions in the Marine and Coastal Access Bill; and what was the outcome.

Photo of Lord Davies of Oldham Lord Davies of Oldham Deputy Chief Whip (House of Lords), HM Household, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords) , Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (and Deputy Chief Whip)

We held detailed discussions with the Planning Inspectorate in developing the objection procedure in Schedule 1A to the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 which has been inserted in the Marine and Coastal Access Bill. The schedule provides a process in which objections to Natural England's coastal access proposals made by a person with a relevant interest in affected land may be referred to an appointed person. We envisage that the appointed person will be an inspector from the Planning Inspectorate.

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