Local authorities play a pivotal role in the process. They advise the developer how best to consult the local community at pre-application stage. They help to ensure that the proposals take proper account of local community views and the impact of any development on a location in their area.
The developer must produce and publicise a Statement of Community Consultation. In preparing this, they must consult with and have regard to the views of the local authority (or authorities) on the content of the statement.
IPC Commissioners must take account of the views of the local authority and others on the adequacy of the developer’s publicity and consultation in deciding whether an application can be accepted for examination.
The local authority may submit a Local Impact Report (LIR) to the IPC, describing the likely effects of the proposal on the local authority’s area.
Commissioners must have regard to the LIR in deciding an application, and may reject the application, even if it is in accordance with a relevant National Policy Statement, if the adverse impacts outweigh the benefits.