Appeal a planning decision

Who can appeal

If we refuse an application for planning permission:

  • the applicant can re-apply with an alternative scheme, or
  • they can appeal against the refusal (or against conditions imposed on permission).

Appeal process

For 'householder' applications the applicant has 12 weeks from the date of decision.

For other applications, the applicant can generally appeal within six months.

We will notify anyone who made comments on the original application to allow you to send further comments to the Planning Inspectorate.

If the appeal is successful, our decision could be overturned and conditions replaced or removed.

If the appeal is unsuccessful, our decision remains the same but the applicant is still free to re-apply for permission with an altered proposal.

How to appeal

If you are not the applicant there is no legal right to appeal against a decision for planning approval. But if you are unhappy with the way we have arrived at a decision, you can complain.

If you are still dissatisfied, you can contact the Local Government Ombudsman on 0845 602 1983.

Contact information

Planning and Building control opening hours and contact information