About us

What we do

The Planning Inspectorate deals with planning appeals, national infrastructure planning applications, examinations of local plans and other planning-related and specialist casework in England and Wales.

This site contains corporate information only. If you are looking for guidance on appeals or any other type of casework we deal with, or wish to use our online appeals service, please go to the Planning Portal.

For information on national infrastructure projects please go to the National Infrastructure Planning site.


We are responsible for:

  • national infrastructure planning, which includes large-scale projects such as harbours, power generating stations (including wind farms) and electricity transmission lines
  • planning and enforcement appeals
  • examining local plans
  • listed building consent appeals
  • advertisement appeals
  • reporting on planning applications that are called in for DCLG’s Secretary of State to decide
  • rights of way orders


In 2012 to 2013, our main priorities will be to:

  • improve the experiences of our customers by improving our systems, business processes and productivity
  • use modern technology and ‘digital by default’ services to replace our casework management system
  • share our IT with other areas of government
  • explore different ways of delivering existing and new services and opportunities for generating income
  • develop our workforce through improved performance management and a new plan for learning and development

Who we are

We have around 730 staff and 100 contractors, who work from home or from our offices in Bristol or Cardiff.

Corporate information

Read about the types of information we routinely publish in our Publication scheme. Our Personal information charter explains how we treat your personal information. Read our policy on Social media use.

Corporate reports