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Fast-track planning decisions will be challenged in court

A new government process to fast-track planning decisions could be slowed down by the courts, a top planning lawyer has warned.

Stephen Turnbull, planning specialist at the business law firm LG, said: "Because members of the IPC will be unelected, and there is no clear means of holding them accountable or going to appeal, both its decisions and processes look set to be challenged in the courts.

"This would have to be done via a judicial review, effectively throwing the project in question into limbo pending a decision made in court."

He said that the most contentious schemes might not see any improvement on the current system.