Judicial Review: planning permission

by Tim Willis

In September 2013, the Ministry of Justice issued its consultation paper ‘Judicial Review — Proposals for Further Reform’, which sets out proposals to further speed up the judicial review (JR) process following the grant of planning permission.

This consultation follows on from the reduction of the JR challenge period for planning decisions, which took effect on 1 July 2013.

The main features of the current consultation paper are: the proposed creation of a new specialist ‘planning chamber’, which would deal specifically with legal challenges to planning decisions; changes to court rules/procedure in order to streamline the process and deal with ‘meritless’ legal challenges more quickly; and the narrowing of the category of persons able to launch JR proceedings…

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