These are the comments of the Planning Officers Society to this consultation:
We strongly welcome the creation of a Specialist Planning Chamber in the Upper Tribunal, and the transfer of planning judicial reviews and statutory challenges to it. Provided this is adequately resourced it should ensure that cases proceed quickly to a determination and that they get the specialist judicial expertise that they need.
The Planning Officers Society represents senior professionals and managers of planning functions in the public sector serving English Local Authorities. We are rightly styled as the credible voice for public sector planning practitioners. The Society's aim is to make planning more effective in delivering sustainable development to support the well-being of our communities.
We are happy for these comments to be made public. If we can be of further assistance in this exercise please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Mike Kiely, President, Planning Officers Society