Refusal, in whatever form is disappointing. As far as your planning application is concerned however, it need not be the end of your project as there is a right of appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. We at Inspire Planning Solutions can review your application and provide advice on the chances of success at appeal or if an amended form of development would stand a better chance of obtaining planning permission.

We have experience in all types of appeals including householder and written representation appeals, hearings and public inquiries.  We can advise on the most appropriate appeal method in order to avoid wasting time and money.

We are planning appeal specialists

Types of Appeal

  • Written Representation appeals are the most common appeal format. The process is timely and cost-effective, and is ideal in cases where the grounds of appeal and issues raised can be clearly understood from the appeal documents followed by a site inspection. Cases must be robustly and effectively set out in an Appeal Statement, rebutting every reason for refusal and clearly setting out why the appeal should be allowed.
  • Informal Hearing appeals are well-suited to cases where the issues need to debate on the site itself or where the Inspector will need to test the evidence by questioning the parties, but where matters of policy are not in dispute. Generally this route means that the decision will take a little longer to be determined and will be a little more expensive.
  • Public Inquiry appeals are reserved for those cases where the issues are complex, involving the application and interpretation of policy and it is necessary for evidence to be given by expert witnesses and cross examined. Public inquiries may last one day or many weeks depending on the issues and the number of witnesses likely to be called.We have experience working with legal practices and Chambers and can obtain direct legal advice or instruct Barristers.

What does the appeal process involve?

On average around 35% of planning appeals are successful. Your chances of success can be significantly improved by presenting a strong case, properly researched and written in persuasive manner, tailored to the audience – in this case, the Planning Inspector.

For further information on whether you should appeal, how long you have, and whether you will be able to recover costs, contact us on 0161 246 6235 or