Chair announced for review into planning appeal inquiries

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Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has today (22 June) announced the appointment of Bridget Rosewell to chair the Independent Review into Planning Appeal Inquiries

The Planning Appeal review has been set up with the aim of reducing the time it takes to determine inquiries established to resolve disputed planning proposals, whilst ensuring quality decision making.

The review will recommend reforms by the end of the year which produce quicker decisions that will get the new homes we need building faster. From 2017 to 2018, planning appeal inquiries took an average of 44 weeks to complete, which delays housing and other forms of development.

Rosewell, a qualified economist, has extensive knowledge and experience in the planning sector, including previously acting as an expert witness at planning inquiries. Among her current roles, Rosewell is a Commissioner for the National Infrastructure Commission and Chair of Atom Bank.

Communities Secretary Rt. Hon. James Brokenshire MP said: “I am delighted Bridget Rosewell has agreed to lead this review into a key part of our planning system. She brings a wealth of experience to this role and I look forward to receiving her report.

“We have been clear that the appeals process must work for both local communities and those taking forward housing schemes, and that involves swift and fair decisions being made to deliver the homes our communities need.”

Commenting on her new role, Rosewell added: “The Planning Inspectorate’s role in arbitrating disputed planning applications is vital, but the current inquiry process is very drawn out.

“I’m thrilled to be appointed the Chair of this review and look forward to exploring the real solutions that could speed up and improve the process and give greater certainty to those with an interest in a development or who are affected by it.”

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