F.A.Q

Frequently Asked Questions

If your prior approval, planning or certificate of lawfulness application is refused by the local authority, you have the right under law to test that decision by appealing to the Secretary of State via the Planning Inspectorate. If you have been served an Enforcement Notice, you ought to take this very seriously and seek urgent advice whether to appeal on one or more legal grounds. No fee is payable to the Council or the Planning Inspectorate for any planning appeal submitted; the only upfront costs are the fees for the preparation and submission of the appeal on your behalf. If it is shown that the Council has behaved unreasonably during the appeal process or during the application determination, a costs application can be successfully made irrespective of the outcome of the appeal. By appealing you avail yourself of an opportunity to seek a second, higher authority opinion and to present your case to an independent inspector; if the appeal is allowed, planning permission is granted or a certificate of lawful development issued or the enforcement notice quashed. Put simply an appeal submission is a fee free chance ? to gain the much-desired planning permission at minimal upfront monetary risk. The question perhaps oughtto be: why should I NOT appeal?

Our fees are market competitive and depend on the type of appeal and the complexity of issues involved. Each appeal is unique and demands a unique approach to its preparation. We can offer you either a fixed upfront fee or alternatively a fee structure that pays part fees upfront and part payable only upon on a successful outcome. Please ask us to provide you with a free quote for your case.

As your agent we would gather all the evidence including submitted plans and documents. The key document we prepare, unique for each case, is what is known as the Statement of Grounds or a Planning Appeal Statement. This contains specific arguments and rebuttals to the Council’s reasons for refusal and is presented with reference to evidence and relevant and important policies. The aim is to persuade the inspector as to why the Council has got it wrong and why on balance the appeal should be allowed. Diplomacy, tact, skills of persuasion utilising facts and evidence are intrinsically vital to convincing the inspector to take a different view. At Planning Appeal London we have heaps of experience on how to present a winning argument. Most appeals are dealt with on the papers and after the inspector has visited the site and considered both parties representations, they issue the written decision. There are strict time limits within which an appeal needs to be submitted.

While our focus is on London and in particular the London Boroughs of Redbridge, Havering, Barking and Dagenham, Waltham Forest, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Ealing, Barnet, Brent, Haringey, Hackney, Islington, Hillingdon, Harrow, Hounslow, Sutton, Merton, Lambeth, Bexley, and Greenwich, we are not geographically restricted and cover planning appeals involving any local authority in England or Wales. This is because the National Planning Policy Framework applies, well, nationally.

We strive that the appeal is won but even if the overall appeal decision is a dismissal, where there are several reasons being contested, a split decision is a possibility. Furthermore an appeal decision offers valuable insights that can inform revisions and a re-submitted planning application so there are potentially positive resultant outcomes.

Please fill in your details on our free assessment form; we will review and contact you to discuss the next steps and provide you with a personalised, competitive quote.