Planning appeals

When you can make an appeal

You can appeal a planning decision if:

  • we refuse your application
  • we did not issue the decision within the specified timeframe
  • we grant your application but impose a condition you disagree with

Appeals can be costly and time consuming for both parties. There is no third party right of appeal against the Council’s decision.

Before you appeal the decision, you should talk to the case officer to find out: 

  • why we refused your application
  • why we added a condition
  • if there are any changes you can make to the proposal

Once you have had this discussion you may wish to make a new application.

You can submit a second application free of charge if your second application is:

  • for a similar proposal
  • submitted within twelve months of the decision date
  • you have not already had a previous fee exemption

How to make an appeal

The Planning Inspectorate deals with all appeals, you must submit your appeal to them.

You must also to send us a copy of the completed appeal form to us. You can email it to [email protected] or you can post it to us.

You can find more information about appealing a planning decision on GOV.UK.

Viewing Appeals Online

You can view planning appeals using:

View an appeal on The Planning Inspectorate website

  1. Go to The Planning Inspectorate website
  2. Enter the 7 digit case reference number
  3. Follow the on screen instructions

View an appeal on Public Access

  1. Select the ‘Appeals’ tab
  2. Enter a keyword, reference number, postcode or single line of an address.

The Appeal Status on the Summary tab will show the decision or if the appeal is still in progress.  

You can view the documents for the appeal, including the decision once made, by:

  1. clicking on the Related Case tab
  2. clicking on the Appeal description

Planning Appeals Officer Development Management

Address: Planning Appeals Officer
Development Management
Causeway House
Bocking End
Braintree
CM7 9HB

Telephone: 01376 557779