The Appeals Process

Householder Appeal

The Process

For appeals relating to the extension or alterations of a single dwellinghouse, i.e. a house occupied by a single family, then your appeal will normally be dealt with under the Householder Appeals process. The process cannot be used in relation to a property that is a flat, or if it involves a Listed Building, and there are also some other exceptions. However, if you submitted your planning application on a "Householder Application Form" then any subsequent appeal will be dealt with through this process.

The aim of the Householder Appeals process is to "fast track" what may be fairly simple appeals to deal with, where the issues are perhaps related just to appearance of the building or its impact on neighbours. It is a written process, and there is no opportunity to present your case verbally.

Importantly the appeal has to be submitted within 12 weeks of the date of the decision, and once submitted there is not the opportunity for any further correspondence.  You must therefore ensure that you submit all relevant information at the outset. Get Planning and Architects Ltd can ensure that you do this in a manner that will stand the best possible change of success. This would include a statement comprising your Grounds of Appeal that will outline why we consider that planning permission should be granted.

The Inspector will consider all the submitted information against any information that might be provided by the Council. He/She will undertake a site visit and on the basis of all the evidence before him/her, will make a decision on whether to allow or dismiss the appeal. This would be in the form of a written decision letter.

How Get Planning can help?

Householder Appeals (written representations)

Householder appeals typically include:

  • Accept brief and review client comments
  • Review refused application decision notice and officers report
  • Visit the site to review planning context, take photographs and consult with client
  • Study local, regional and national planning policy
  • Prepare written representations and appeal submission statement
  • Refer to client with draft for final comment and approval
  • Lodge appeal with the planning inspectorate
  • Monitor appeal and report progress to client
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Written Representations

The Process

Other than Householder Appeals, the Written Representations procedure is the most common type of appeal process. It can be used for the majority of planning applications and other planning consents. Examples where it is commonly used might be in respect of changes of use, new residential development, shopfronts and advertisements, commercial development, and listed buildings.

In these cases you normally have the right to appeal within 6 months of the date of the decision notice from the Council, unlike the Householder Appeal process, which is only 12 weeks. As the title would suggest It is a written process, and there is no opportunity to present your case verbally.

The process involves the submission of various documents at various stages, both from the Council and you as the appellant, and any third parties.

Once the initial appeal documentation is submitted, including your Grounds of Appeal that will outline the key issues to be addressed, the Council will provide the Inspectorate and us with the background documentation and any third party representations received during the course of the application.  They have to do this within 2 weeks of the "start date" of the appeal. The start date is determined by the Planning Inspectorate, and is based on when they validate the appeal.

There are then a further 4 weeks within which both parties (i.e. the appellant and the Council) have to submit a Written Statement. In the case of the appellant, this will provide full details of the planning merits of the case to demonstrate that planning permission should be granted. Third parties, (e.g. neighbours) are also entitled to submit representations in writing.

Following the submission of these statements and representations to the Planning Inspectorate there is then a further opportunity to comment on these documents, and to rebut any adverse or incorrect comments that might have been made.

The Inspector will consider all the submitted information. He/she will undertake a site visit which will usually need to be an accompanied visit, that is both the Council and the appellant will need to be in attendance. However, there is no opportunity to verbally present your case at this site visit – it is purely to enable the Inspector to view the site.

A decision is normally made in writing a few weeks after the site visit.

How Get Planning and Architects Ltd can help?

Full Planning Appeals (written representations)                  

Our commercial planning appeals service typically includes:

  • Accept the brief and review client requirements
  • Review refused application decision notice and officers report
  • Visit site to review the planning context, take photographs and consult with client
  • Study of local, regional and national planning policy
  • Prepare written representations and appeal submission statement
  • Refer to client with draft for final comment and approval
  • Lodge appeal with the planning inspectorate
  • Monitor appeal and report progress to client
Get a quote
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