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It’s a SNIP. And why judicial review is a vital check on government

Rookery South Energy from Waste Facility was the first case to go through the infrastructure planning system introduced by the Planning Act 2008, and it was my privilege to represent two of the parties, the local authorities. It is however also proving to be the slowest – perhaps it is inevitable that the first flushes […]

New Planning Court to be created – and rules changed

Yesterday the Government announced the creation of a new Planning Court to deal with judicial review and similar challenges to planning decisions. It also announced some changes to the rules on challenges, especially challenges to decisions of the Secretary of State and Inspectors on planning appeals.

The intention is that the Planning Court will be […]

Northern Ireland Planning Bill neuters law

I have just today seen that the Planning Bill currently in the Northern Ireland Assembly contains a clause which restricts JR of planning decisions. If passed into law, challenges will only be possible on the ground of breach of European Union Law or human rights law. So a planning decision taken in breach of any […]

Judicial review – time limits reduced in planning cases

The Secretary of State for Justice

The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling yesterday announced that the time limit for commencing a planning judicial review will be reduced from three months to six weeks. The plan is to make the change this summer. There will be other changes. In […]