- Court orders Aarhus claimants’ financial means to be tested in private hearings (RSPB v SoS)
- Original news
- What is the significance of the decision for authorities and developers?
- What is the background to the case?
- Why were the Amendments challenged?
- What did the court decide?
- Varying the cost limits
- Failure to provide for private hearings
- Claimant’s own costs
Planning analysis: In RSPB v SoS, the High Court ordered the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) to be amended so that any dispute as to the appropriate level of costs caps in an Aarhus Claim dealt with by way of a hearing (as opposed to on the papers) is carried out in private in the first instance, to protect a claimant's financial information.
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