If you have received a refusal of planning permission from your Council then there is a right of appeal to the Government's Planning Inspectorate. You want to make sure you get your best case across, and to comply with the detailed rules for appeals. Our top tips for an appeal are:
- Stop and think first. Is an appeal the only option? Or can you revise the planning application and negotiate with the Council?
- If you are going to appeal, make sure you know the deadlines. You must lodge your appeal in time – with all the required information – or it won’t be accepted.
- Choose the right procedure for the appeal carefully. There are three: written representations, Hearings and Inquiries, and they all have advantages and disadvantages.
- Spend time preparing your Appeal Statement of Case. Thoroughly read the Council’s reasons for refusing your application so you properly respond.
- Make sure you also respond to objections from neighbours – they will be involved in the appeal process.
- Read the Council’s development plan that covers your area and national planning policies. Make sure you refer to these in your Appeal Statement.
- Lodging an appeal is free, but you can claim costs against the Council if they behave unreasonably.
Thousands of planning applications are made every year across England. Not all of them are successful, but the Council’s decision is not necessarily final. There is a right of appeal and many appeals are made every year.
But this can be a confusing process...
There are strict deadlines to meet, important information that must be submitted to validate an appeal, and certain documents that can (and cannot) be submitted. And when appealing it is important to make the best case possible: it might be your only chance to secure an important planning permission.
But over 20,000 appeals are lodged every year - around 40% of all refused planning applications. So appeals are a common and an important part of the planning system.
From the basics of what is needed to lodge an appeal, through to preparing your case, responding to the Council’s case and attending the appeal site visit, this step-by-step guide will cut out the confusion of the appeal process.
Each chapter takes you through the stages of the appeal process explained in clear English, maximising your chance of success.
The book sets out:
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