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Constitutional Court annuls administrative loop in Council for Permit disputes

last modified May 15, 2014 05:24 PM
On 8 May 2014, the Constitutional Court annulled article 4.8.4 of the Flemish Code for Spatial Planning (VCRO) with its judgment nr. 74/2014.

Article 4.8.4 concerns the possibility of an ‘administrative loop’, which offers a licensing authority, via an interlocutory judgment, the possibility to repair irregularities or to have them repaired at any stage of the proceedings in order to create a solution to the conflict brought before the Council.

The main arguments of the Constitutional Court concern violations of the principle of judiciary independence and impartiality, the adversarial principle, the right of access to justice and defence as well as the obligation to state reasons.

The annulment has immediate and retroactive effect. All acts, regulations and judgments based on article 4.8.4 can be withdrawn upon request within 6 months after the judgment’s (nr. 74/2014) publication in the Official Journal.

Kathleen De hornois, Advocaat-vennoot/Avocat associé, Tel.: +32 2 800 70 60, E-mail:
Katrien Kempe,  Advocaat/Avocat, Tel.: +32 2 800 70 34, E-mail:
Mattias Van Schel, Advocaat/Avocat, Tel.: +32 2 800 70 01, E-mail:  

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