Planning appeals


Planning appeals

Making an appeal

Applicants have the right of appeal to the Planning Inspectorate if:

  • no decision has been reached on the application within the statutory period
  • the application is refused
  • the applicant does not agree with one or more of the conditions on an approval

Appeals are usually time consuming and, depending on which method of appeal you choose, can be expensive. Before you opt for this course of action, it is worth speaking to the planning officer who dealt with your application to see if there is scope to negotiate a compromise and submit an amended application.

If an appeal is the only option, the applicant generally has six months from the date of the decision to appeal. We'll provide details of the appeal procedures and the time to lodge an appeal as part of the decision notice - but guidance can also be found below.

Search appeals

You can search for appeals online. We also publicise upcoming inquiries.

Dealing with appeals

There are three ways in which an appeal can be dealt with:

The appellant, the council and anyone else who wants to take part in an appeal is expected to meet their own expenses.

The Inspector may be asked for an award of costs against either side. They can award costs even if they may not have been asked for by the appellant or the council.


Last updated 23 May 2023