By Rob Amos, on 15 May 2014
Professor Richard Macrory has conducted a study of 57 appeals decided by the Planning Inspectorate over the past three years. The study was carried out at the end of last year when DEFRA was considering transferring environmental permitting appeals from the Inspectorate to the First Tier Environment Tribunal in line with the Macrory Report: Consistency and Effectiveness – see here for the initial consultation proposals.
The purpose of the study was to see what sorts of issues were likely to arise in practice to help focus recruitment priorities in the Tribunal.
In the event the Government has recently decided not to transfer for the time being, mainly on the grounds of the current Tribunal charges imposed on Departments as compared with the Planning Inspectorate, see here.