What if my planning application is refused?
Information regarding all the recent changes to the appeals process can be found in the following document from The Planning Inspectorate:
If your application is refused and you think that it could be altered to make it more acceptable you can then resubmit it with different plans.
If you intend to submit another application, you should discuss this with the case officer.
The other option is to appeal against the refusal. You can appeal if:
- Your application is refused
- A decision is not made (non-determination) within the determination period allowed (usually eight or 13 weeks)
- Your application is granted subject to conditions you are unhappy with.
The only person who can appeal against a planning decision is the applicant There is no third party right of appeal.
The usual period allowed for submission of an appeal is six months from the date of your decision notice. All appeals are considered by an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State.
How to make an appeal:
You can appeal online via the planning portal. The site also allows you to:
- Track the progress of your appeal
- Submit comments on an appeal
- Submit any additional documents.
Paper forms can still be obtained from the Planning Inspectorate's Customer Services Team on 0117 372 6224.
To obtain a copy of the Planning Inspectorate's booklet 'Guide to Taking Part in Planning appeals' free of charge please select from the following appeal types.
Appeal decision register:
The register of planning appeal decisions is available to download:
Please note: The above documents are published in Portable Document Format (PDF) and therefore require a suitable reader to view and print them. A reader can be downloaded free from the Adobe website (full instructions for downloading the reader are provided on the site).
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If you are not happy with the service you have received, the council has a formal complaints procedure through which you can make a complaint.
- Council's Complaints Procedure.