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Appealing a planning decision

If you disagree with the refusal of your application or a condition attached to your permission, you have a right to appeal against the decision. You can also appeal if we fail to determine your application within the statutory time period of 8 weeks (13 weeks for major applications e.g. 10 or more dwellings or a building of more than 1,000 square metres). There is no fee for appealing.

Only the person who made the application can appeal.

Appeals can be made online, alternatively paper copies of the form may be requested from the Planning Inspectorate by contacting customer services on 0303 444 5000.

There are various appeal procedures and timeframes, depending on the type of decision you are appealing. Further information on how to appeal, commenting on an appeal and what can happen after an appeal, is available by following the relevant link:

Please note: Appeals can be costly and time consuming for both the Council and the applicant.  Before you appeal it may be worthwhile discussing with the case officer why your proposal was refused and whether any changes to the proposal would be acceptable.  A second planning application for a similar proposal submitted within twelve months of a refusal does not need a further fee.

Further guidance is available from the Planning Inspectorate.

Useful documents include Planning appeals - procedural guide and Planning appeals - how to complete your appeal form.