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Law Briefing: Protecting Planning Decisions from Legal Challenge

16.15 to 17.30hrs

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 at 4:00PM
Howes Percival, The Osiers Business Park, Leicester LE19 1DX
RTPI East Midlands

Judicial review challenges to planning permissions are an important element of the planning process to ensure that the decisions of local planning authorities are taken lawfully.  However objectors to new developments are becoming increasingly willing, and wiser as to how to use the Courts in attempts to stifle or at the very least delay development projects.  Unfortunately this leaves planning authorities in the firing line with the risk that even if successful in defending the grant of planning permission, they may be unable to recover their costs. The consequences are, of course also significant to the applicants in terms of delay and uncertainty of their development proposals.

This seminar will provide practical guidance on how best to minimise the risk of legal challenge to decisions and in circumstances where a claim for judicial review is submitted, maximise prospects that the claim will be unsuccessful.  It will draw on recent cases to highlight what steps can be taken at various stages in the process to best protect planning decisions from successful legal challenge.