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Saturday26 July 2014

Planning challenge clampdown out for consultation

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Time limit for judicial reviews of planning decisions to be reduced by half

Plans to reduce the time available for the public to challenge planning decisions have been put out for consultation by ministers.

The proposals suggest reducing the time available to seek judicial reviews of planning decisions from three months to six weeks.

David Cameron announced recently that he wanted to clamp down on the “growth industry” of judicial reviews and said: “We have to get a grip on this.”

Ministers are keen to reduce the possibility of legal challenges slowing down major development projects, which is seen as a potential brake on the economy.

The consultation paper states: “In certain types of case, in particular those involving large planning developments or constructions where significant sums may be at stake, any delays can have an impact on the costs of the project, potentially putting its financial viability at risk.”

Comments on the proposals must be submitted to the government before Jan 24 next year.

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