Planning Appeals

There is a right of appeal to the Secretary of State against the Council's refusal of planning permission or related consent or against any conditions imposed where permissions granted. 

There is also a right of appeal against the Council's failure to make a decision on an application within the prescribed time period (usually 8 or 13 weeks after receipt of a valid application).

There is no third-party right of appeal in England, objectors cannot appeal against a decision. However, if an applicant appeals, third parties do have the right to make comments as part of the appeal process. 

Appeal or Search for a Planning Decision Notice

How to appeal

Most appeals relating to planning applications must be made to the Planning Inspectorate within 6 months of the date of the decision.  The time period is shorter for householder and minor commercial development appeals (12 weeks) and advertisement appeals (8 weeks).  For advice on make an appeal please see GOV.UK

  • most appeals are considered under the written representation procedure but they may also be heard by an Inspector at an Informal Hearing or a Public Inquiry
  • the appellant and the Council can request that their case be dealt with at a Hearing or a Public Inquiry but the Planning Inspectorate will decide which procedure is to be used - there is no third party right of appeal against the grant or refusal of permission.

To track the status of a current planning appeal, visit GOV.UK