Planning appeals

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Our planning consultants have a wide range of experience of all types of planning appeals. We’ll give you expert professional advice on the choices you have, and provide services to prepare and submit the appeal on our behalf.

The appeals process

If the Local Planning Authority (LPA) decides to refuse planning permission, you can appeal against their decision to the Planning Inspectorate.

planning enforcement notice appeal

You can also appeal against non-determination, which is where the LPA has failed to reach any decision within the statutory period (eight weeks for minor proposals and 13 weeks for major ones).

Only the person who made the original application has the right to appeal.

Your appeal will be handled via one of four routes, depending on the proposed development:

  • Householder Appeals Service (HAS)
  • Written Representation Appeal
  • Informal hearing
  • Public inquiry
Householder Appeals Service (HAS)

HAS is suitable for appeals against refusals on householder applications. It works by written representation (see below), but you must appeal within 12 weeks.

Unlike standard written representation, however third parties and consultees don’t get a chance to comment. Instead, the inspector will consider any comments they made at the application stage.

Written Representation Appeal

This is the most popular method of appealing. The Inspector considers written evidence from you (the ‘appellant’), the LPA and anyone else who has an interest. They will probably visit the site too, in which case you may have to accompany them.

How long does it take?

All appeals must be made within six months of the LPA’s decision, or the end of the decision period. Where there is an enforcement notice on the site for the same or a similar development, the appeal period may be reduced to 28 days.

There is no statutory timeframe for determining planning appeals, and the time it takes can vary widely depending on the type of appeal and the complexity of the proposal. Typically, 80% of householder appeals are decided within eight weeks. Written representations are the next quickest, and informal hearings and public inquiries take the longest.

Award of costs

Usually, everyone involved in an appeal meets their own expenses. However, one party or side can claim for unnecessary costs caused by the other side’s unreasonable behaviour.

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