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.