The Planning appeals process is designed for anyone who has applied to their council for planning permission, but is unhappy with the resulting decision, or the lack of a decision (which should normally be made within 8 weeks).
There are 3 ways an Appeal can be dealt with by the Planning Inspectorate
This is the most common way of dealing with appeals. The Appellant and the Council will each prepare a written statement explaining their case. These are considered by a Planning Inspector who will also visit the site.
This is an informal round table discussion involving the Planning Inspector, the Appellant and a Council Officer. Sometimes third parties may be able to have their say as well.
This is a more formal process whereby each side presents evidence to a Planning Inspector. Often each side is legally represented and witnesses will be cross-examined on their evidence. Again third parties may participate.
Appeal decisions which are made by the Planning Inspector:
Allowed - If an appeal is allowed, this overturns the Council's decision and the proposal is approved.
Dismissed - If an appeal is dismissed, it confirms the Council's decision to refuse the application.
Appeal to High Court - Either party may contest the Planning Inspector's decision by appealing to the High Court on a point of law.