Guidance: Planning appeals: procedural guide

Planning Inspectorate

February 11
08:05 2020

Planning appeals: procedural guide

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This guide applies to:

  • planning appeals
  • householder development appeals
  • minor commercial appeals
  • listed building appeals
  • advertisement appeals
  • discontinuance notice appeals

It includes details about:

  • responsibilities of the appellant, the local planning authority and other parties
  • who decides an appeal?
  • what will the Inspector take into account?
  • what are the procedures?
  • can a proposed scheme be amended?
  • where will the decision be published?
Published 6 April 2015
Last updated 11 February 2020 +show all updates
  1. Annexe N of the Procedural Guide has been updated following the revocation of regulation 123 of the CIL Regulations 2010.

  2. It has been updated to include references to Rule 6 parties at App F1 and G1, and a new paragraph F.9.3. Paragraphs F.31, App F.1 and App F.2 have also been amended from 10 days to 10 working days.

  3. Paragraph J.3.2 has been amended to say must rather than should bringing it into line with the advice given in paragraph J.2.3. It should now read:must not include any personal or otherwise sensitive information

  4. Updated to take account of new process for statement of case submissions and statement of common ground.

  5. Advice on filming and recording at hearings and inquiries at paras 3.5.3 and 3.5.4 has been updated

  6. Paragraph 2.4.3 has been re-worded for the sake of clarification.

  7. Paragraphs C.9.7 and D.8.6 removed, to reflect a review of site visit procedures where the Inspector could previously view from a neighbouring property where this had not previously been arranged

  8. The changes are:Section C.5 grounds of appeal additional wording added to give the deadline for the submission of a planning obligation or unilateral undertaking for HAS appeals;Technical details consent section 2.4 added;Removal of the reference to 7 working days from section 2.7.4Changing references from DCLG to MHCLG

  9. The guide has been updated to reflect legislative changes - see page 1 of the guide for further information.

  10. This document contains revised guidance on: Additional information which may be required by the Inspectorate, to be submitted with the appellants full statement of case, and the Local Planning Authoritys full statement of case (where it has not been provided with the appeal questionnaire) for appeals concerned with:use of land for the stationing of caravans for occupation by Gypsies or Travellers;removal of an agricultural occupancy condition attached to an earlier permission;the erection of a dwelling for an agricultural or, where applicable, other type of rural worker; andtelecommunications installations.

  11. On 23 March 2016 the Planning Inspectorate published revised versions of its four procedural guides on Planning Appeals, Called-in Planning Applications, Enforcement Notice Appeals and Lawful Development Certificate Appeals. Each document highlights important changes.

  12. First published.

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