The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (“LPAT”) has announced that it has suspended all scheduled appearances, including telephone conference calls from 16 March 2020 until 30 June 2020 as a result of COVID-19. The Tribunal will revisit and reconsider this period as the circumstances continue to change. These appearances will be rescheduled at a later date. No new hearing events will be scheduled during this time. If an appeal includes prescribed timelines related to exchange of witness statements, meeting of experts, or similar directions, these timelines are now suspended. All parties to hearings scheduled during this time should receive an email notifying them of the adjournment from the Tribunal.
The LPAT posted this notice on their website regarding the COVID-19 updates.