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Planning Appeals

Appeals must be made within six months of the date of the decision with the exception of advertisement appeals that must be made within one month of the decision.

Only the person who made the application (or a person acting as their Agent) can submit an appeal. He/she is usually called the APPELLANT. 

Appeals are made against decisions of the Local Planning Authority. They are usually called the LPA.

Appeals are considered by the Planning Inspectorate. They are usually called the PI.

In Wales, appeals are made to the Welsh Government. They will consider appeals in either English or Welsh. 

Appeal Forms

 Appeals can be made for a number of reasons:

  • Planning consent has been refused
  • Planning consent has been granted subject to conditions you object to     
  • Details required by a previous outline planning permission have been refused
  • Details required by a previous outline permission have been approved subject to conditions you object to
  • Any other matter required by a condition on a previous permission (other than as above) has been refused
  • The failure of the Planning Authority to determine the application within the appropriate period (usually eight weeks)  

In most cases, an Inspector is appointed who will consider everybody's views and make an independent decision on the matter. He/she is able to:

  • Remove conditions
  • Overturn the refusal

In doing so, he/she is also able to:

  • Add conditions
  • Award costs to the Appellant or LPA if it is shown that the appeal should not have been necessary


In order to make an appeal you must obtain the necessary forms from the Planning Inspectorate. These can be obtained by writing to

The Planning Inspectorate
Crown Buildings
Cathays Park
Cardiff   CF10 3NQ

Phone:  029 2082 3866

You can choose to have your appeal dealt with in one of three ways: 

  • By Written Representation
  • By Informal Hearing
  • By Public Inquiry