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Have your say on planning appeals

If you are not a party to a planning application, you cannot appeal against the planning decision. This does not prevent you from commenting on the planning appeal.

You can send written comments to the planning inspectorate, if the appeal is to be decided by written evidence or attend the appeal in person, if it is decided by a hearing or an inquiry.

Written Comments

  • Whichever way, an appeal is decided (by written procedure, hearing or inquiry), written comments must be sent to the planning inspectorate within six (6) weeks of the start of the appeal.

Hearing

  • If you choose to attend in person a hearing, you can make comments or challenge the evidence presented, but your views must be made through the inspector. If you are unable to attend the hearing, you can send in written comments to reach the planning inspectorate six weeks from the start of the appeal.

Inquiry

  • The inquiry procedure is most often used for the larger and more complicated planning appeals. You do not have a legal right to speak but the inspectorate will normally allow you to, especially if you live close to the site, or are a member of a resident’s association or other local stakeholder group with an interest in the planning appeal. You do not have to attend the inquiry and can send in your written comments to the planning inspectorate within six weeks from the start date of the appeal.

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