• End of right to challenge bad planning decisions?

    19th November 2012 | News | Claire
  • Legal challenge, or judicial review, is the ONLY way to overturn a bad planning decision – some of which can have dreadful impacts on people’s lives.

    And it can be very expensive.

    Mr Cameron has compared wartime Britain – and the country’s fight against Hitler – with battling to improve the current gloomy economic climate.

    The announcement comes just a week after Remembrance Sunday – timing that some people may find inappropriate.

    Cameron said the government would consider:

    – Reducing the current three-month time limit in which people can apply to challenge a decision
    – Increasing fees for making judicial review applications
    – Halving the number of opportunities to challenge a refusal of permission for a judicial review from four to two

    The Prime Minister also said ministers would have the power to decide how long consultations would take, instead of the current statutory three-month period, and if, they believe there is no need for one, to not have one at all.

    I am aware that there are a number of legal challenges against controversial planning decisions, currently taking place in East Devon at the moment.

    But Mr Cameron claims that most people bringing about judicial reviews are simply time-wasting to annoy developers.

    Presumably, this is what his developer pals are telling him.  Dave’s connections with big developers are well established – he did let them write the National Planning Policy Framework after all.

    Reading the article in today’s Telegraph, and putting it into context with all the other plans by George and Dave to remove the rights of people in this country in favour of developers, some are likely to wonder who the dictators really are.

    I have known localism to be a myth for a long time now.  But this move really turns the meaningless concept into a complete joke – and developers will be the ones laughing.

    The link to the full story is below:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/hands-off-our-land/9686863/End-of-the-right-to-challenge-planning-rulings.html