Appeal a planning decision
If you disagree with a planning decision, you can appeal within 6 months of the date on the decision notice.
Appeals are considered by a planning inspector, appointed by the Secretary of State.
Most are handled in writing. Some are decided by a hearing before an inspector. A few are decided after a public inquiry.
When you can appeal
We make decisions on planning applications in the Uttlesford District.
You can appeal a planning decision if either:
- you disagree with it
- the decision was not made within 8 weeks (13 weeks for a major development, such as 10 or more dwellings or a building of more than 1,000 square metres)
If you are a householder and you want to appeal a decision for a smaller project like an extension, conservatory or loft conversion, there is a different process. Fin out more about householder appeals on the Planning Portal.
Deadline for appealing
If you disagree with a decision, you must appeal within 6 months of the date on the decision notice issued by us.
If we did not make a decision within 8 weeks, you can appeal up to 6 months after the decision was due.
The deadline's earlier if you've received an enforcement notice - you must appeal within 28 days of the notice.
How to make an appeal
You will need to send a copy of your appeal, including all the supporting documents, to the Planning Inspectorate. You can do this either by post or online.
You'll need to submit copies of:
- your original application
- the site ownership certificate
- our decision notice - if we did not make a decision, you'll need to submit a copy of the letter acknowledging your application
- all plans, drawings and documents you sent to us
You'll also need to submit:
- a map of the surrounding area
- any other documents that directly support your appeal, for example your full statement of case
Making a planning appeal by post
You will need to send your documents to:
The Planning Inspectorate
Room 3/01 Kite Wing
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Bristol BS1 6PN
Their Customer Support Line telephones 0117 372 6372 are answered between 8am and 4.45pm Monday to Thursday and 8am to 4.30pm on a Friday. Outside of these times messages are received on voicemail.
Email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Making a planning appeal online
You can also make a planning appeal online using the Planning Inspectorate website.
If you've built or changed something without planning permission you may be sent an enforcement notice by us. You can appeal against an enforcement notice if you own, rent or lawfully occupy the property or land it applies to.
You can find out more about the appeal process and read helpful booklets in the appeal guidance section.
The Planning Inspectorate have published some guides that will provide you with assistance on various aspects of the appeal process.
For planning appeals
- Planning appeals: procedural guide on GOV.UK. This guide explains the responsibilities of each party and the roles they have in the planning appeal process.
- Planning appeals: how to complete your appeal form guidance on GOV.UK
For enforcement appeals
- Enforcement appeals: procedural guide on GOV.UK. This guide explains the responsibilities of each party and the roles they have in the enforcement planning appeal process.
- Enforcement notice appeals: how to complete your appeal form guidance on GOV.UK