Chelmsford City Council

Appealing a planning decision

You can appeal against a planning decision if you are the applicant, and:

  • you do not agree with it, or
  • we have not made the decision in the specified time period and did not agree an extension

You won’t be able to appeal against a planning decision if you are an objector.

The Planning Inspectorate deals with all appeals, and you need to lodge your appeal with them.

It is a separate government body that deals with appeals and other planning-related and specialist casework in England and Wales.

The Planning Inspectorate will decide which type of procedure applies to your appeal. The types of procedures are:

  • Householder Fast-Track procedure, used for works to an existing house (known as ‘householder’ applications
  • exchange of written statements, used for most other planning appeals
  • hearing
  • public inquiry

 

Information for applicants

Your decision notice will set out details of how to appeal and the time limits for doing so.

You can read the GOV.UK advice on planning permission and appeals.

 

Information for objectors

If you commented on a planning application that has been appealed, we will write to you to let you know.

You can read the Planning Inspectorate’s Guide to taking part in planning appeals.

If the Planning Inspectorate decides the appeal by a hearing or public inquiry, you can attend the appeal event and comment in person.

If you previously commented on an application, we will send these to the Inspectorate and copy in the person who appealed (known as the appellant). The Inspector will take these comments into account when deciding the appeal. 

You will be able to submit additional comments if the Planning Inspectorate decides the appeal under the Written Representations, Hearing or Public Inquiry procedures. You need to submit your comments within three weeks of the start date of the appeal. We will advise you of the deadline in our letter to you.

You can use the Planning Inspector's website to:

  • view cases
  • comment on appeals
  • modify or withdraw your previous comments

The Planning Inspectorate will not acknowledge your comments, but they will make them available to the appellant and to us. If you submit comments, the Planning Inspectorate will assume that you give your permission for this.

You will not be able to make further comments if the appeal is following the Householder Fast-Track procedure or the minor-commercial Fast-Track procedure.

After the Planning Inspectorate has made its decision, we will publish it on our website. You can also view it on the Planning Inspectorate’s Appeals Casework Portal.

If you track the progress of the appeal on our website, we will automatically notify you via email when the Planning Inspectorate makes its decision. 

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    Last updated: 24 August 2020

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