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Planning Appeal Timescale

How long do I have to appeal a planning application refusal?

It is really important not to delay in pursuing a Planning Appeal. As we will discuss below, time is definitely not on your side!

Depending upon the type of planning application, the time you have to make the appeal can change. The clock starts ticking as soon as the refusal notice is signed. Often, there could be a week even before you receive the refusal notice from the Council.

Why should I start my planning appeal now?

Our clients frequently ask us, “Why should we appeal now? Why not in a couple of months? Orwhy not just put a new application for Planning Permission in and see if that works, and then proceed with a Planning Permission Refusal Appeal?”

The statutory timetable for an appeal begins on the date the refusal notice is signed. There is then a period of six months (or 12 weeks for a householder application) during which you should submit that appeal in proper form to the Planning Inspectorate.

We strongly recommend that if you intend to appeal against the refusal of your Planning Application, it is better to start sooner than later. This allows us time to investigate any complex matters, and for correspondence to be completed well within the short timescale.

This also allows time for preparing statements, and considering all angles. This will ensure the best chance of success. Preparation really is paramount – we like to “dot the i’s” and “cross the t’s” to ensure the appeal is watertight.

Please note: If you have received an enforcement notice, the time in which you can appeal will be dramatically reduced.

If your development is already built but you have discovered you did not have the correct planning permission, we can also help with a retrospective planning appeal.

HEAL Planning Appeals will start the process of the Planning Appeal as soon as you confirm that you would like us to proceed. We do not believe in sitting on cases, and pride ourselves on taking immediate action.

If you want to take action now and have the best chance of securing planning permission, get in touch with us for a free, no-obligation consultation.