Recommendations from the Rosewell Review – how can planning appeal inquiries be made quicker and better?

Author: Lisa Bazalo, Associate (New Zealand), Planning, Real Estate, London

A publication that has caught the attention of many in the industry this week is the government-commissioned ‘Independent Review of Planning Appeal Inquiries.’ The review, chaired by economist Bridget Rosewell CBE, was tasked in June last year with assessing how planning appeal inquiries could be made quicker and better. The report makes 22 recommendations aimed at reducing the time it takes to conclude planning inquiries, while maintaining the quality of decisions.

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Planning Appeals: How to maximise your chances of success

Author: Charlotte Dyer, Senior Associate, Planning, London

You've been refused planning permission or it has been granted subject to onerous conditions.  Discussions with the local planning authority about revised proposals have not resulted in an alternative solution satisfactory to all parties.  You decide that the next step should be to appeal.  However, before you submit your appeal form, there are some important points that you should consider:

1. Merits of the case 

2. Appoint your legal team early

3. Don't burn your bridges with the Local Planning Authority

4. Decide which procedure

5. Meet the timescales imposed

6. Pay careful attention to the detail

7. Engage with Rule 6 parties

8. Inquiry


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