A clear push towards ADR for neighbour disputes.

I suspect this reflects the enormous pressure on the system at present, and the backlog that they face. 

ADR is almost always a preferable option for parties to a dispute, and with the rise in virtual mediations this is entirely possible during the pandemic.  These intensely emotive type of disputes are often the type of cases where costs are disproportionately high and people are set in their stance as a matter of principle. There will inevitably continue to be cases that Courts have to decide.