A view of the Ashdown Forest - a challenge about a 7km protection zone around the forest were part of a judicial review earlier this month.

Planning courts could be set up to avoid judicial reviews

The Government has unveiled plans to set up a planning court to avoid judicial reviews causing delays to projects.

Wealden councillors have been told that disputes over major developments will be fast-tracked for consideration by the court, which will be set up this summer.

An estimated 400 planning cases a year will be fast-tracked for hearings with specialist judges, rather than being heard in the Administrative Court.

The reforms, unveiled by the Ministry of Justice, also include changes to make sure claimants face financial risk, ending the practice where objectors can cause costly delays with no cost or risk for themselves.

In 2012 there were 200 applications for judicial review on planning issues.

Earlier this month a judicial review was completed in the High Court following a challenge to the Wealden District council Core Strategy Local Plan. See: Judicial Review on Wealden planning strategy completed.

Here’s more background information about the judicial review of Wealden planning strategy

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