Planning: Deputy in call for major reform of appeal system

ISLANDERS could have greater access to justice over incorrect Planning decisions next year if the States change the appeals process, the chairman of the Environment Scrutiny Panel has said.

Deputy John Young, a former Planning chief officer (right) with Environment Minister Rob Duhamel
Deputy John Young, a former Planning chief officer (right) with Environment Minister Rob Duhamel

ISLANDERS could have greater access to justice over incorrect Planning decisions next year if the States change the appeals process, the chairman of the Environment Scrutiny Panel has said.

St Brelade Deputy John Young, a former Planning chief officer, is calling for a radical reform of the way in which people can challenge decisions about planning applications.

He wants an independent tribunal system created which, according to him, would be cheaper for individuals and would therefore allow more people access to justice.

The current system requires people to appeal through the Royal Court in a process which often costs thousands of pounds.

Comments for: "Planning: Deputy in call for major reform of appeal system"

D de Jersey

What about democratising the system? Make it just as easy for people who support a positive outcome for an application to be heard instead of focusing solely on the objectors.

Andy

Shame this hadn't happened a few years back,then maybe we wouldn't have a works site alongside our propert in the countryside!!

Overpopulated

And perhaps the Dandara desecration of our island could have been nipped in the bud - Portelet

TD

why didn't Deputy Young do anything about this 'problem' when he was chief planning officer? sounds like politicking to me.

Simple Sid

My thoughts exactly.