Cases which are deemed "significant" because of level of economic impact at a local level, or which raise important points of law or which generate significant public interest or which are just best dealt with in the planning court will be subject to a swift timetable (in part already being operated) and will come before a specialist judge with wide case management powers, including possibly ordering summary grounds of resistance in section 288 cases. The parties can identify cases as significant when launching a claim. Of note, statutory appeals should be heard within 6 months, JRs within 10 weeks of expiry of time for lodging detailed grounds of resistance. The rules apply from 7th April but existing cases can be transferred into the Court.
The Planning Group at Cornerstone Barristers has extensive experience in both bringing and resisting claims within the jurisdiction of the new Planning Court and is looking forward to working within the new regime.
James Findlay QC, Cornerstone Barristers