The government has set tough time limits on dealing with planning appeals, lopping off between two and six weeks, says planning minister Richard Caborn. Future performance targets include:
80 per cent of appeals decided by written representations to be determined in 16 weeks instead of 17 weeks next year and 18 now.
80 per cent of appeals by hearings to be determined in 22 instead of 23 weeks next year and 24 weeks now.
80 per cent of appeals by inquiries to be determined in 30 instead of 33 weeks next year and 36 weeks now.
Appeals decided by written representations should not exceed £839 this year, says Caborn.
Another goal this year is to provide an inspector for local inquiries in at least 80 per cent of cases, and to deliver 90 per cent of inspector's reports on local inquiries to councils according to agreed timescales.