If the applicant feels aggrieved by the Council's decision on an application, they can lodge an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate.
Applicants may appeal against a refusal of planning permission or against conditions applied to an application. Note that only applicants can lodge an appeal, there is no right of appeal for third parties, for example: objectors to an application.
Submitting an Appeal
An applicant must submit an appeal to the planning inspectorate within six months of receiving the decision from the Council. Appeals are conducted by an impartial inspector, who is appointed by the government. During the course of an appeal, you can choose how you would like your appeal to be heard (by written representations, informal hearing or by public enquiry).
For further information on appeals, please visit the Planning Inspectorate's website.
For information on current appeals, please visit the Weekly Lists page, which contains weekly lists of appeals received by the Council.
For information on taking part in a written appeal, you may find it useful to read the document Guide to taking part in planning appeals proceeding by written representations.
To find out more information on planning appeals, please visit the Planning Portal for further guidance and information or contact the Planning Inspectorate on 0117 372 6372.
You may also find it useful to read the Guide to Fast Track Householder Appeals.
Remember, an appeal should only be a last resort. With only 36% of appeals being allowed, you should look carefully at the reasons for refusal before you submit an appeal to the Inspectorate. In some instance it may be possible for you to agree a revised scheme with the Council, please contact us for details.
Last modified: 11/11/2013