The right to appeal against the decisions of government is enshrined in the statute and common law of the UK. So it’s interesting to look at UKIP’s manifesto for the forthcoming County elections on 2 May.
UKIP hold themselves up to be the party of small government, of low taxation, and of local decision making. This now goes as far as their proclamation that they will remove the “developers’ right to appeal against local planning decisions”. So there will be no appeal against the decisions of local planning authorities, irrespective of how flawed that decision may be. Presumably UKIP will also do away with all national planning guidance (why have it if all decisions are made locally) and remove the developer’s rights to seek remedy at law, for example the right to seek judicial review. That will be quite a challenge to deliver!