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

Appeal process

For 'Householder' applications the applicant has 12 weeks from the date of decision to appeal against a refusal or against conditions imposed on permission.

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

We will consult anyone who made comments on the original application. Address 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

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

Web form: Planning team


  • Telephone: 01494 412 246