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Appeals against planning decisions

Householder applications

If planning permission is refused you can appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. Appeals are dealt with by the Householder Appeals Service.

You must make an appeal within 12 weeks of the date of the decision notice.

Guidance on the appeal process can be found accompanying the decision notice.

Non householder applications

An applicant can appeal to the Planning Inspectorate if planning permission is refused. The appeal must be lodged within six months of the decision notice.

Appeals are also possible against conditions, Enforcement Notices and Tree Preservation Order refusals.

There are three methods of appeal for non householder applications:

Written representation: The appellant and the council prepare written statements for an inspector from the Planning Inspectorate.

Informal hearing: A 'round the table' discussion of the issues between the council and the appellant led by the Inspector.

Public inquiry: Each side verbally presents their case before an Inspector, usually by legal representation. Witnesses for each side can be cross-examined by the opposing party's representatives.

How to submit an appeal

Appeals can be submitted using the Planning Casework Service or via a paper copy of an application, available from the Inspectorate on 03034 445 000.

Following the progress of a planning appeal or public inquiry

Search for appeals

Our appeals register has a summary of current, on going and recently determined appeals on the planning committee agenda.

Commenting on an appeal

If you were consulted on the original planning application then you will be notified in writing of any appeal.  All correspondence related to the appeal should be sent to the Planning Inspectorate, not to us.

All previous representations made on a planning application are considered as part of an appeal.  Additional comments only need to be made where they raise new issues or information.