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The new Planning Court, revised planning guidance, restated green belt policy and what constitutes a screening opinion

By Jan Hebblethwaite

As mentioned in our alert of November/December 2013, a new and specialist Planning Court is being created. It will open for business on 6 April 2014, as part of the High Court. The court will be overseen by a planning liaison judge and will hear planning-related judicial review and statutory challenges, including claims relating to: planning permissions and other development consents; enforcement; applications under the Transport and Works Act 1992; wayleaves; highways and other rights of way; compulsory purchase orders; town and village greens; EU environmental legislation and domestic transpositions; and national, regional or other planning policy documents, statutory or otherwise.

Any claim relating to such a matter, which is commenced after 6 April 2014, should be issued in the Planning Court. Any claims already under way as at that date will be automatically transferred to the new court…

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