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Rosewell review calls for inquiry timescales to be slashed by five months

Words: Huw Morris

Planning appeal decisions could be cut by five months with the average time ‘slashed’ from 47 to 26 weeks, according to an independent review.

A lack of “suitably qualified inspectors” is hampering moves to set up inquiry hearings on time, the review headed by economist Bridget Rosewell found. Appeals are also held up by “outdated administrative processes and poor IT infrastructure”.

The study said the most contentious planning cases could be decided up to five months faster, and some in half the time.

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