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Appealing against a refusal

If your application has been refused, granted subject to conditions which you consider to be unreasonable, or has not been determined within the statutory time period, you have a right of appeal to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. A similar right of appeal exists against planning enforcement notices served by the council.

There is no right of appeal against a planning decision by third parties, such as neighbours.

Amending your proposal

Before submitting your appeal you are advised to contact the case officer who dealt with your application to discuss if any amendments to your proposal would overcome the reasons for refusal which will be set out in the decision notice.  An amended application for development of the same character or description within 12 months of refusal (or of the validation date of the earlier application if withdrawn) does not incur a planning fee (unless the previous application was your "free-go").  This is usually the quickest method of overcoming the reasons for refusal.

How to appeal

If you decide to appeal the decision, you must make your appeal to the Planning Inspectorate within the appropriate time limit:

  • Planning applications or applications for listed building consent - 6 months from the date of decision
  • Householder planning applications - 12 weeks from the date of decision
  • Minor commercial planning applications - 12 weeks from the date of decision
  • Advertisement consent - 8 weeks from the date of decision
  • Tree works applications - two months from the date of decision

Further information on householder, advert, planning, enforcement and other appeals, is available from the Planning Inspectorate, including submitting your appeal, commenting on an appeal and appeal guidance.

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Appeals procedure guides

Planning and enforcement appeals are determined using one of three procedures as laid out in the procedural guides below:

Last updated: 19 October 2017