4. Appeals

If your application is refused, try to come to an agreement with the local planning authority (LPA) by adjusting your plans.

If you can’t reach an agreement, you can appeal.

You must appeal within a time limit.

Appeals can take several months to be decided.

What you can appeal against

You can only appeal against a decision if the LPA:

  • refuses your application
  • grants permission but with conditions you object to
  • refuses to change or remove a condition of planning permission that has been granted with conditions
  • refuses to approve something reserved under an ‘outline permission’ – planning permission for a general idea, not of a specific plan
  • refuses to approve something that you were told to build by your LPA as part of a previous planning permission (ie the previous planning permission was granted ‘with conditions’ and the current development was one of the conditions)
  • does not make a decision on the application within the deadline and doesn’t get your written consent to change the deadline
  • serves you with an enforcement notice because it thinks you have broken planning permission and you don’t agree

The Planning Portal has guidance on the appeals process.

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