In brief: Planning lawyers welcome mediation study

Leading planning lawyers have welcomed a government plan to set up a study looking at how mediation can resolve planning disputes. The 12-month study – which will cover up to 60 cases – has been launched as part of a government drive to modernise the UK's planning system. Nick Engert, planning partner at West Country firm Clarke Willmott & Clarke, said: “This is a very good idea in principle. We will have to see how it would work in practice.”