Clear specification of the grounds for third-party challenge, such as ignoring development- plan policy, can be devised to ensure the planning system is not overwhelmed. Planning decisions made in the knowledge that unreasonable decisions can be challenged are more carefully made.
The introduction of third-party rights would improve the legitimacy of the planning system, at a time when concern and conflict over local environmental matters continues to grow.
Director, Centre for Research in European Urban Environments
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