Existing Advisory Institutions II

  • David Pearce
  • Lynne Edwards
  • Geoff Beuret


The main function of a Public Local Inquiry into a planning issue is to gather information to ‘inform the Minister’s mind’, enabling him to reach a decision on a particular planning proposal. This is for cases where the inquiry has been ‘called in’ by the Minister.


Public Inquiry Judicial Review Energy Future Procedural Rule Discretionary Power 
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  • David Pearce
  • Lynne Edwards
  • Geoff Beuret

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