Planning appeals


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

In most cases you have 6 months to appeal from the date of the decision notice except for:

  • fast track householder appeals who have 12 weeks from the date of the decision
  • refusal of advertisement consent who have 8 weeks from the date of the decision
  • refusal of applications relating to high hedges who have 28 days from the date the remedial notice was issued, or 28 days from the date on which it was to decided not to issue, withdraw, set aside or relax a remedial notice; 
  • refusals relating to TPO applications who have 28 days from the date of the decision.

An independent Inspector from the Planning Inspectorate will consider all the evidence and make a decision based on planning issues.


Last Updated on 28 September 2015