Budget 2014: Planning court to launch on 6 April

A new specialist planning court within the High Court will launch on 6 April, chancellor George Osborne has revealed.

High Court: new planning court to launch on 6 April
High Court: new planning court to launch on 6 April

The Budget document, published this afternoon after the chancellor delivered his speech, revealed that the new court will be launched on 6 April, "to fast-track disputes, including big construction projects".

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced in February that the specialist court would be created within the High Court, with a "separate list under the supervision of a specialist judge".

The MoJ had unveiled plans last year to transfer planning work to a new specialist planning and land chamber in the Upper Tribunal.

But it said that keeping planning cases in the High Court would build on a planning fast-track system introduced in July 2013 intended to identify planning-related judicial reviews at an early stage and ensure that they are referred to relevant members of the judiciary.

In February, the MoJ said that creating the planning court within the High Court would ensure that it would be "up and running more quickly without introducing uncertainty around the development of new rules and case management procedure that a planning chamber in the Upper Tribunal would have required".

The Budget document is available here.

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