The government has published plans for a new court to be established with specialist judges devoted exclusively to dealing with disputed schemes. The government is hoping that the new court will be up and running in the summer and is expected to hear around 400 cases a year. Developers have long argued that unnecessary and lengthy legal delays are the reason behind the collapse of developments, so this announcement is likely to be well received by them. The key aspect of the legislation setting up the new court is that anyone lodging a judicial review to challenge a scheme will have to take on a "fair level" of the financial risk. This is a significant swing in favour of the developer and is very likely to act as a significant deterrent to bringing a judicial review. The government's rationale behind the reform is to free up the courts from judicial review and prevent people from using the legal process to "ransom" developments