This data set includes detailed information on a selection of the Planning Inspectorate’s (PINS) planning appeal casework decisions over a 5 year rolling period. Appeals currently in progress and those which have been withdrawn or turned away are not included.
The number of appeals listed in the Appeals Database may not match exactly with other Statistics published by the Planning Inspectorate, for example our Official Statistics that we publish each month. This is due in part because the appeals database covers a selection of planning and enforcement cases -and does not include any specialist casework e.g. Rights of Way, Common Land.
We are looking into the possibilities for improving the publication of the Appeals Database, and including specialist casework. If you would like to contact us about this, please do so by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
We have temporarily removed the ability to view the ‘Development or Allegation’ field in the Appeals Database. A review found an unacceptable risk that the field could contain, and disclose, sensitive personal data. We take data protection very seriously and this action has been taken to ensure we comply with the UK General Data Protection Requirement (Data Protection Act 2018). We are working on ways to manage this risk and hope that we can publish data in this field again soon.
The appeals database covering the period October 2017 - September 2022 was originally published on 14th November 2022. It has been reproduced and republished on 24th November 2022 with the addition of ‘LPA Decision Date’ field.
Older Appeals Database
The Older Appeals Data gives details of appeals that have a decision date between 5 and 10 years ago. The database will allow users to compile summary statistics. Due to data retention policy we have removed all fields that could make an individual appeal, which was decided more than 5 years ago identifiable. This is in line with the Appeals Casework Portal which does not have details of appeals decided more than 5 years ago.
Therefore, unlike the Appeals Database, we do not record in the Older Appeals data:-
- Appeal Reference Number
- LPAs Reference
- Name of Appellant
- Name of Agent
- Site Address
The Older Appeals Data Reference Number is used in connection with the Older Appeals data only. It is not connected in any way with the Appeal Reference Number or the LPAs Reference, or with the reference number in any previous or future Older Appeals Data set.
We record the first part of the site address Post code on the Older Appeals Data.
The Appeal casework types recorded in the Older Appeals database are the same as those in the Appeals Database (i.e. planning and enforcement appeals but not specialist casework e.g. Rights of Way, Common Land.
If you want information about appeals decided in the last 5 years please see our Appeals Database.
This data is also published on Open Data Communities in various open data formats (search for The Planning Inspectorate).
This dataset is drawn from Planning Inspectorate admin systems. There are some fields which have been left empty for particular appeals. There could be various reasons for this, for example:-
- the relevant information was not provided by the main parties
- the relevant information was a negative reply and the respective field was left empty. E.g. The site is not in a SSSI
- the case is a child case and the relevant information has been recorded against the lead appeal
We are looking at ways to make this database as complete as we can. If you need any help or advice in interpreting the database please let us know.
We have various mechanisms for checking our data and being alerted to changes - therefore data can change between different publications of this data set. If you spot a data error please tell us; email@example.com.
Please note that the Planning Inspectorate will not entertain a challenge to the appointment of any Decision Maker on the basis of this data.
- all cases are considered on their individual merits, and on the basis of the evidence submitted
- targets are not set for the percentage of allowed and dismissed cases
- decision Makers do not select their own casework
- casework is allocated to Decision Maker on the best balance of availability, geography, casework level and expertise. This may produce apparent patterns of outcome that are in fact artefacts of the way work is allocated and do not provide evidence as to an Inspector’s fitness for or approach to a particular case
- decision Makers handle different numbers of cases in a year – some dealing with as few as one which would give a result of 100% allowed or 100% dismissed
- decision Makers are rigorously trained to ensure that they develop and maintain the skills necessary to undertake the work that they are given. These skills will influence the type of cases they deal with
- some appeals are linked together as they relate to the same or similar development on the same site
- the Inspectorate has an exacting Ministerial target which requires all casework to be 99% free from justified complaint or legal challenge
- a Decision Maker constitutes a selected person appointed to carry out: open, impartial, honest decisions on behalf of the Secretary of State