There has been much speculation in the planning press as to how planning inquiries and hearings can take place during the time of national crisis. Kings have strongly supported PEBA’s efforts to engage with the Planning Inspectorate to encourage the adoption of modern video technologies to enable remote inquiries and hearings to take place.
In order to inform those wider efforts and to gauge the practicability of the approach barristers from Kings Chambers, Philip Robson, Jonathan Easton, and Constanze Bell teamed up with Nigel Cussen from the Pegasus Group and Mat Jones from Turley to produce a short video inquiry-based up a real world case study using the platform of Microsoft Teams. The exercise was primarily directed at assessing the practicality of cross-examination, and a short report has been produced by the participants to explain the lessons learned.
Importantly this exercise demonstrates that the use of video technology is a realistic and straightforward approach which, subject to safeguards would readily be able to be used to facilitate currently stalled appeals to be dealt with expeditiously and fairly during the period of national disruption. It is hoped that this will help to provoke debate and assist those who are working behind the scenes to bring the system back on track.
CLICK HERE: Document providing feedback from the participants
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