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RICS launches new Planning Mediation Service

There are 20,000 planning appeals every year costing the planning system in the region of £30million. The service will help resolve issues, open up dialogue and reduce areas of disputes in a wide range of planning issues. It will also help smooth over disagreements surrounding section 106 agreements and compulsory purchase orders.

Director of the RICS dispute resolution service Martin Burns said: "This service will provide both parties in a dispute some relief from what is a costly procedure for the local authority and for the appellant. Currently, the planning system is clogged up with combative appeals which more often than not result in a deadlocked situation. Mediation will provide a solution to this problem, save valuable time and improve transparency, speed and clarity in the planning process."

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