Planning applications refusals and appeals

You have a right to appeal if planning permission is refused.  If you are unhappy or unclear about the reasons we give for refusing planning permission talk to the planning officer who dealt with your application. In some cases a change in your plans might make a difference. If an application is refused you can submit one modified scheme without a fee within 12 months of the date of the first decision or if withdrawn within 12 months of the date of submission.

If you are aggrieved by the decision of your local planning authority to refuse permission for the proposed development or to grant it subject to conditions, then you can appeal to the Secretary of State for the Environment under Section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. Remember, however, that appeals are intended as a last resort and can take several months to decide. It is often quicker to discuss with us whether changes to your proposal would make it acceptable.

If you want to appeal, then you must do so within 6 months of the date of the decision for full applications, within 12 weeks of the date of decision for householder applications or if an advertisement consent within 8 weeks of the date of the decision, (note, if you have not received a decision, you can appeal for up to 6 months from the date your decision was due to arrive) using the Planning Inspectorate's appeal submission form.

Appeal forms and guidance can be found at the Planning Inspectorate's online 'Appeal a Planning Decision' service - - Appeal planning decision.