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Appeal Handling Times

If your application for planning permission has been rejected we would encourage you to try to negotiate an amended scheme rather than submit an appeal.  Our records show that, on average, only about one appeal in three is successful.  This rate has remained broadly constant over many years.  If you do decide to appeal, you should allow enough time to ensure that everything is submitted to us before the deadline.

How quickly will I get a decision on my appeal?

We plan the use of our Inspector resource in such a way to maximise the potential output - which means we can deal with the highest number of customers whilst being as efficient as possible.

There is not an even distribution of work across the country and this can lead to periods where the time taken to decide appeals will vary according to the location of the case.  The latest available figures below give a feel for the times taken to decide appeals – figures are given for the percentage decided within a certain number of weeks, with the exception of those with bespoke timetables.  The average time to decide appeals is also given – some will take less and others more.

 

Figures are based on decisions issued during the period 
February 2013 to end of January 2014

Type

Percentage decided within ..

Average time to decide

Planning appeals (excluding Householder and Bespoke)
  - Written Representations

84% within 26 weeks

21 weeks

  - Hearings

84% within 26 weeks

22 weeks

  - Inquiries

56% within 26 weeks

30 weeks

Householder appeals

84% within 8 weeks

7 weeks

Planning appeals with a bespoke timetable

100% in accordance with the timetable

 

Enforcement appeals
  - Written Representations

65% within 32 weeks

30 weeks

  - Hearings

83% within 33 weeks

27 weeks

  - Inquiries

89% within 43 weeks

36 weeks

Advertisement appeals
  - Written Representations

23% within 16 weeks

22 weeks

  - Hearings

52% within 22 weeks

21 weeks

Listed Building Consent/Conservation Area Consent appeals
  - Written Representations

6% within 16 weeks

27 weeks

  - Hearings

93% within 30 weeks

22 weeks

  - Inquiries

91% within 30 weeks

27 weeks

Listed Building/Conservation Area Enforcement appeals
  - Written Representations

46% within 32 weeks

34 weeks

  - Hearings

71% within 33 weeks

30 weeks

  - Inquiries

100% within 43 weeks

20 weeks

Lawful Development Certificate appeals
  - Written Representations

35% within 32 weeks

37 weeks

  - Hearings

93% within 33 weeks

26 weeks

  - Inquiries

94% within 43 weeks

30 weeks

 

This information was last updated on 28 February 2014.