Apply for planning permission

5. Appeal a planning decision

If we refuse planning permission, we grant permission subject to conditions, or we fail to deal with an application within the time limits, the applicant has a right to appeal to the Secretary of State via the Planning Inspectorate. You can find the forms to do this on the Planning Inspectorate website.

An independent inspector is appointed to consider each appeal. The inspector will make his decision in line with the development plan unless there are material considerations that justify taking a different view. 

The inspector may come to a different view from us and decide that planning permission should be granted, or subject to planning conditions. This does not mean that he has disregarded our views or the views of local residents – rather it means that he has attributed different weight to the issues in coming to his decision.

Please note that if you are a third party, you cannot appeal our decision because in England and Wales it is not possible for a third party to appeal against a local planning authority's decision.

For example, if your neighbour was granted permission to build an extension you could not appeal against it, even if you objected to the application at an earlier stage of the process.

Please see the Planning Portal for more information.

Our decision can be challenged in the High Court by judicial review. The High Court will only look at our decision-making process, not whether we made the correct planning decision.

There is also our complaints process and the Local Government Ombudsman