Appeals: how long they take

Latest average timescales for planning, enforcement and householder appeals.

The time to process appeals has been affected due to site visits and other events being postponed during March, April and part of May 2020 as part of the measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

We are not publishing average timescales currently because an average time will not provide meaningful information to customer on how long a case can take to be decided.

We are in the process of reviewing the statistics to ensure they meet customers’ needs and that they are robust. Once the methodology has been reviewed we will seek to produce Official Statistics that accurately reflect the Inspectorate’s performance in terms of the length of time for cases to reach conclusion and publish here. We anticipate publishing revised statistics later this summer.

We apologise for the inconvenience this causes.

Published 1 January 2014
Last updated 13 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. Message regarding the impact of Covid-19 on our average timescales.

  2. The average timescales have been removed as we have postponed site visits, Hearings and Inquiries.

  3. To help delay the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we are following Government advice on social distancing and avoiding non-essential travel. This has meant it necessary to postpone site visits, Hearings and Inquiries which has affected the time it is taking to deal with some appeals. We are looking ways to mitigate this by using technology and other ways to process appeals without risking the wellbeing of appellants, parties to an appeal and our staff. We apologise for the inconvenience this causes.

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