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Appeal against a planning decision

If your planning application is refused or you object to conditions which have been attached to an approval, then in the first instance you should contact your case officer to see if your proposal can be amended to address the planning issues raised.

If we can’t reach an agreement, you can appeal to the Planning Inspectorate – as long as you do it within a certain time period. Further details can be found on the Decision notice issued to you by the local planning authority

See much more detail about the appeals process on the Government’s Planning websites:

Planning Portal (Government website) Appeals, and also the Planning Practice Guidance.

Different Appeal Procedures

An appeal can be decided in a number of ways.

  • Written Representations - this is the most common procedure, involving the exchange of written statements and a decision by a Planning Inspector.
  • Informal Hearing - this also involves the exchange of written statements but the appointed Planning Inspector conducts a hearing to provide an opportunity to ask questions about the evidence in more complex cases.
  • Public Inquiry - this also involves the exchange of written statements but the appointed Planning Inspector holds a Pulic Inquiry so that evidence can be tested. This procedure is usually limited to the most complex cases.

In all cases, the Council or the appellant may apply for costs against the other party. They would have to show that they incurred unnecessary costs as a result of unreasonable behaviour. An award of appeal costs is not made on the basis of who wins the appeal.

The arrangements for awarding costs are explained in detail in National Planning Policy Guidance.

Last updated Thursday, 21st July 2016

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