Advice before you make an appeal
Appeals are usually time consuming and ideally should only be used as a last resort, so we encourage you to contact the planning officer to see if your application can be amended. You can amend your application and resubmit it, free of charge, within 12 months of the decision, provided the scheme is similar. You are only allowed one resubmission free of charge. You can also submit an application to amend a condition.
Appeals to the Secretary of State
You can appeal to the Planning Inspectorate if you feel that your application has been unreasonably refused, had conditions placed on an approval which you disagree with or the application has not been decided within the 8 week or 13 week time limit. Your decision notice will tell you how you can appeal and you can do this online.
Appeals must be made within 12 weeks for householder applications or some minor commercial applications and six months for all other types of applications. There is no right of appeal for third parties. Appeals are dealt with either as written representations (most cases), informal hearings or public inquiries for the most complex.
Details of all appeals are available on Public Access. Anyone who has commented on an application will be informed that an appeal has been made and a copy of their comments will be sent to the Inspector.