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Planning Appeals (Written Representations)

Planning Appeals may be made for a number of reasons, the most common being because planning permission has been refused by a Local Authority.  Appeals are made to the Planning Inspectorate, based in Bristol, whose Inspectors make the vast majority of the decisions.  A very small number are determined by the Secretary of State.   By lodging an appeal you therefore are getting an independant view on your application – the appeal is not determined by the Local Authority.


There are three types of Planning Appeal – Written Representations, Hearings and Public Inquiries.  This article focuses on the Written Representations procedure. 


The Written Representations procedure is the most common form of planning appeal and is appropriate for less controversial cases with limited public interest.  It is the simplest process, involving an exchange of written statements by both the Local Authority and the appellant, and a site inspection by the Planning Inspector.  The Inspector considers these statements in addition to any comments received from local residents and prepares their decision.   


Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy has extensive experience of preparing appeal statements, and can maximise your chances of success by preparing an appeal statement which presents a clear and effective argument in favour of approval.   By doing so Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy has established a strong record of success at appeal, including the awarding of costs against the Local Authority for the unreasonable refusal of permission. 


If you have been refused planning permission, wish to appeal against non-determination, or have had unacceptable conditions imposed on a planning approval, contact Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy for a free initial discussion.

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