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Planning appeals

If your planning application isn’t decided within the advised period, is refused, or you do not agree with one or more of the conditions of any permission then you have a right to appeal.

Appeals are made to the First Secretary of State in England. All appeals are administered by the Planning Inspectorate.

Information and guidance

For the latest up-to-date information and guidance please visit Planning Inspectorate appeals.

This website sets out how to make your appeal and the different procedures that may apply.

It also sets out how third parties, such as neighbours, can become involved in the appeal process and make their views known.

It also contains the relevant contact details for the Planning Inspectorate.

It is important to note that once an appeal is lodged the final decision rests with the Planning Inspectorate.

How the Council gets involved

The Council’s role in any appeal is limited to the following:

  • to notify interested parties, such as neighbours and statutory consultees, that an appeal has been received and of the arrangements for public inquiries and hearings
  • to provide for public inspection the application details (forms, plans and documents) as well as the appellant’s grounds of appeal
  • to set out to the Inspectorate the Council’s position, including those matters which the Council opposes and the policy basis for this. Usually the Council’s position is set out in written statements which are submitted to the Planning Inspectorate
  • to set out conditions for the Inspector to consider should he/she be minded to allow the appeal
  • to attend public inquiries, local hearings and site visits with the Inspector and appellant as required

Searching for current appeals

If you want to check the progress of a current appeal and/or decisions on appeals made after 2005 you may use the appeal case search which is maintained by the Planning Inspectorate:

For more information on appeals, please visit the Planning Inspectorate appeals.

Page updated on: 25 June 2019

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