Specialist property court proposals welcomed by industry
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Development, Legal
British Property Federation calls for 'level-headed dialogue' over planning reforms
Plans for a specialist planning court that will fast-track disputed major planning applications and ensure the swift delivery of development projects have been welcomed by the British Property Federation.
The proposed court, announced by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling as part of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, will employ specialist judges to deal with disputed schemes, who will work to fixed time limits.
Liz Peace, BPF chief executive, said: “The judicial review system over the last few years has been inefficient and counterproductive, with far too many cases being referred. The result has been stalled development and long periods of uncertainty at a time when we need it the least.
“We were pleased when the government introduced reforms to the judicial review system in May last year, and are further encouraged to see that it has listened to the concerns of the property industry and heeded our calls for a specialist planning chamber. The introduction of a specialist court like this is likely to have a significant impact on delivery as it relieves the pressure on developers and planning authorities and will expedite the whole planning process.”
Adrian Penfold, head of planning and corporate responsibility at British Land, added: “The arrival of a specialist planning chamber is welcome news as it will allow cases that genuinely merit judicial review to be considered by experts in a timely and efficient manner. The judicial review system is important, and the creation of this new chamber is a significant step in ensuring that it is not abused and that it serves its correct purpose.”