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Planning appeals

Find out when and how you can make a planning appeal.

Search for planning and enforcement appeals

You can search for planning and enforcement appeals on the Public Access website.
 
 

When you can make a planning appeal

You can appeal if we:
  • refused your application for planning permission
  • approved your application, but we added conditions which you are not happy with
  • did not make a decision within eight weeks of receiving your application (13 weeks for major planning applications).
If you do not agree with our decision, talk to the planning case officer about whether you can make any changes to the application which could make it acceptable before you appeal.
 
Similarly, if you do not get a decision within eight weeks (13 weeks for major planning applications) contact the planning case officer who can advise you when we will decide your application. It might be quicker to wait for our decision than to appeal.
 
 

How to make a planning appeal

You can find information on how to appeal on the last page of the decision notice we send you.
 
You can appeal online using the Planning Portal, which tells you how to appeal and gives you information on the types of appeal, including:
  • householder
  • planning
  • enforcement
  • listed building / conservation area
  • lawful development certificate
  • advertisement.
If you are a third party (for example, if you objected to an application which we approved), you cannot appeal our decision. However, the council's decision can be challenged in the High Court by judicial review. The High Court will only look at the council's decision-making process, not whether the council made the correct planning decision.
 
 

The planning appeal process

If you appeal, an independent planning inspector will consider it. The Secretary of State appoints the inspector.
 
Your appeal could be decided in one of three ways.
 

1. Written representations

Most appeals are decided in this way. The inspector will consider written evidence from you, the council and anyone else who has an interest in the appeal. It is likely the inspector will visit the site.
 

2. Hearing

This is an informal hearing run by the inspector. The inspector considers written evidence from you, the council and anyone else who has an interest in the appeal. The issues are discussed. The inspector will also visit the site.
 

3. Public inquiry

This is a more formal hearing, like a judicial hearing with the planning inspector leading the inquiry. The inspector considers written evidence from you, the council and anyone else with an interest in the appeal. At the inquiry each side may have lawyers who will question witnesses. The inspector will also visit the site.
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