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What happens after I've applied

Planning Appeals


The applicant has a 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, however, an appeal is the only option, the applicant generally has six months from the date of the decision to appeal. Details of the appeal procedures and the time to lodge an appeal can be found in the "Notes" accompanying the decision notice, or by using the links below.

Inspector's Decision
The Inspector's decision is final and there is no further right of appeal except to the High Court on a point of law. There is no third party right of appeal other than on a point of law, although third parties can be involved in the appeal process and are asked for comments on an appeal.

The Planning Portal and GOV.UK websites provide additional guidance as follows: