Decisions and appeals

Make an appeal

Appeals must be made using a form which you can get from the Secretary of State by:

  • writing to Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN

The Secretary of State can allow a longer period for giving notice of an appeal, but will not normally be prepared to use this power unless there are special circumstances which excuse the delay in giving notice of appeal.

When would the Secretary of State not consider an appeal?

The Secretary of State need not consider an appeal if it seems to them that the local planning authority:

  • could not have granted planning permission for the proposed development, or
  • could not have granted it without the conditions they imposed, having regard to the statutory requirements, to the provisions of any development order and to any directions given under a development order

Such rights of appeal do not apply to anyone who has an interest in a proposed development and/or who may have commented upon the application before the decision was issued.

If you have commented on an appeal

If an appeal is lodged against a decision relating to a planning application that you have commented upon then you will be notified of the appeal and given the opportunity to make further representations directly to the Secretary of State.

Expedited procedures

In the event of an appeal on a householder application that dealt with by way of an expedited procedure any representations made before the determination of the application will be passed to the Secretary of State and there will be no opportunity to make further representations.