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Eversheds comment: New UK planning court needs to be adequately resourced and streamlined to be an effective system

  • United Kingdom

    04-02-2014

    On proposals for a new UK planning court, Paul Maile, partner and planning expert at global law firm Eversheds, comments:

    “The need for a specialist planning court, which will provide a quicker and more effective system for dealing with claims, has been pursued for some time and is a move to be welcomed.

    “However, its success will depend upon it being adequately resourced, as well as the court demonstrating its willingness to dispose of meritless claims swiftly, without the need to appear at a time-consuming and expensive hearing.

    “In the past, developments have often been delayed where a judge deciding whether a claim should proceed further is unfamiliar with the complexities of the planning system and has allowed claims to proceed further than necessary. Irrespective of the new court, there remains the need to deal with the huge backlog of judicial review cases that are currently slowing down the entire system.”

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