Planning Appeals



Only 20% of planning refusals are appealed, but we win a majority of the planning appeals we undertake


Why appeal?

Council Planning Officers are a conservative bunch. They are instructed to follow the Council’s policies as closely as possible.

But the planning system is changing (see our blog) and the government wants householders to have greater freedom to develop their properties.

If you are refused planning permission, you are entitled to appeal to the planning inspectorate. This is a government body independent of your local council.

Planning appeals are free, straightforward and decided in as little as 8 weeks.

While the national average is around a 40% success rate for planning appeals, our own is much higher and our fees are low. What have you got to lose?

What do planning appeals involve?

We will carefully assess your proposal and reasons for refusal. We then prepare a written statement and submit it to the inspectorate.

We take care of all of the discussions with your local council and the planning inspector, and manage the appeal process up to the point where a decision is made. We make the process as simple and stress-free as possible.

Our consultants each have at least 10 years experience in the planning system and making appeals. All have spent many years as Council planning officers.

How much do you charge?

We usually charge a single, all inclusive fee. Our fees depend upon the complexity of the case, so please ask us for a free assessment and quote. There is no fee to your council or to the planning inspectorate, and there should be nothing else to pay.

What if I lose?

We don’t take on cases that we don’t think we will win. If your planning appeal is not successful, we will help you consider your options, which might include a new planning application to the Council.

Should householders appeal?

Developers and investors are usually very familiar with the appeal system and are often ready to appeal a planning refusal. Householders are much less likely to appeal a decision, which is one of the reasons Councils are happy to make unreasonable or unjustified refusals.

Just Planning is the UK’s only householder appeals specialist, defending homeowners from the unjust rulings of local Councils.

How long does it take?

For householder applications (such as extensions or outbuildings) you must submit your appeal within 12 weeks of receiving the decision from the council.

We aim to prepare a draft appeal statement for you to review within 10 days of receiving your instructions. Once you have agreed the final wording of the appeal statement, we submit the appeal within 2 working days. Householder planning appeals are currently taking an average of 11 weeks to be decided.

So what’s the next step?

Contact us with your full address and we will send you a free written assessment of what your chances are at appeal. You will also receive a personalised fixed-fee quote for the preparation and submission of the appeal.

We win hundreds of appeals every year. Click here for details of our most recent successes.



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    Planning Appeals November 18, 2015