The applicant has the right to appeal if an application is refused an application is allowed, but subject to conditions which the applicant finds unacceptable no decision has been made by the statutory deadline (8 or 13 weeks). Very occasionally the First Secretary of State will take the decision. This is usually for major or controversial applications.
An appeal is, however, a last resort. Agreement can often be reached with us following discussion of the reasons given for the refusal and adjustment of the proposal.
An appeal can take one of 3 forms:
- written representations
- informal hearing
- public inquiry