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Planning appeals

If your planning application isn't decided within a set period (usually 8 weeks), or you get a decision that you disagree with, you have a right to appeal. Appeals are made to the First Secretary of State in England. All appeals are administered by the Planning Inspectorate.

Even when an appeal has been lodged we are willing, where appropriate, to see whether an acceptable solution can be achieved by submitting a new application.

Find out more using the links below:

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Time limits to appeal

There are strict time limits on the right to appeal. Appeals submitted outside these limits will normally be turned away.

The deadline for submitting an appeal varies depending on the type of proposals. Should you wish to appeal against a decision involving works to a domestic property, the deadline is three months from the date of determination.

For all other appeals, the deadline is six months from the date of the application decision letter (or in the case of non-determination, six months from the date the decision should have been made).

The six month period applies to all non - domestic planning (section 78), listed building and conservation area consent (section 20) appeals.

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How to appeal

We support the Planning Inspectorate's initiative to encourage the submission of appeals and comments on appeals online. The following links from the Planning Inspectorate's website provide more information about the process:

To check whether an application has been appealed against, please use our appeal search.

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Appeal timescales

We aim to deal with appeals within the time scales specified by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Find out more about timescales on the website.

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Can I comment in writing?

The council will normally agree to the written representation method of dealing with appeals, unless the proposals have aroused a significant level of concern in the neighbourhood and, in our opinion, the issues raised by the proposals need to be explored in the presence of an inspector appointed by the Secretary of State.

Should you wish to comment on any appeal in which the deadline for the submission of public comments has not expired, you send three copies of your letter, before the final date for submission of public comments, to:

The Planning Inspectorate,
Room 3/M Temple Quay House,
2 The Square,
Temple Quay,
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Appeal decisions

Copies of appeal decisions made by the Planning Inspectorate or the Secretary of State will be available for public inspection at our Frog Lane offices and on our appeal section within five days of receipt. Copies can be supplied on request.

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