Planning: Deputy in call for major reform of appeal system

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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.

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