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Application refused? What next?


The person who applied for planning permission can appeal against the decision of the Borough Council if:

  • He/she considers the refusal of planning permission unfair
  • He/she considers the conditions imposed to be unreasonable
  • The application has not been decided by the statutory time limit (8 weeks in the case of most applications, 13 weeks for ‘major’ applications and 16 weeks if the application is accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment)

In cases where an enforcement notice has been issued this can also be appealed against.

In most cases you have six months in which to make an appeal, but for householder development this has been reduced to 12 weeks to help speed up the process. For more precise information please visit the Planning Inspectorate website.

Costs can be awarded against either party if they are deemed to have acted unreasonably.

An appeal is made to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) and is dealt with by the Planning Inspectorate who act independently of the Borough Council. An appeal can take the form of:

  • Written representation
  • Informal hearing
  • Public inquiry. 

Once a decision has been made the Planning Inspector’s decision will can be viewed on The Council's Planning Online website.

Appeal forms can be obtained from the Planning Inspectorate


Phone: 0117 372 6372.

Postal address:
The Planning Inspectorate,
Customer Support Unit,
Room 3/15 Eagle Wing,
Temple Quay House,
2 The Square,
Temple Quay,
BS1 6PN.

Fax number: 0117 372 8782.

Further information on appeals is available on the planning portal appeals.  

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