We oppose the intention to extend the regime of the 2008 Act in the manner proposed. First, because we are of the opinion that these proposals run counter to the Government's localism agenda; and second, we are of the opinion the proposed matters to be incorporated should be dealt with under the Town and Country Planning legislation. However, if this proposal is to be pursued we do believe the list should be prescribed in regulations.
For the most part the thresholds are set at a level that should only generate very few applications that will need to be determined by this route. However, we do have some concern at the proposed thresholds for extractive industries' developments which would capture more mineral development proposals, in both type and number, than we believe was the intention.
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