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Planning appeals

Applicants can challenge the Council's decision.

If you believe the Council's refusal of planning permission to be unreasonable, you can appeal against the decision.

For householder appeals, the time limit for an applicant to submit an appeal is 12 weeks from the date of the notice of the decision or determination giving rise to the appeal.

Reference should be made to the new definition of householder appeal for a precise interpretation, but generally speaking appeals which attract the shortened 12 week time limit are appeals against refusals on householder applications e.g extensions or incidental outbuildings i.e. garages.

In all other cases, the period for submitting an appeal is 6 months, except in the case of development subject to an enforcement notice, or against non-determination of an application for a non-material minor amendment where the period is 28 days. 

This process begins with a discussion with the Case Officer who processed your application. You can contact your Officer directly to arrange this. If the objections to the proposal can be overcome through negotiation you can submit a revised application that stands a far higher chance of being accepted.

If the objections cannot be overcome at this discussion and you are still unhappy, then you can launch a full appeal.

All planning appeals are dealt with by the Planning Inspectorate, an independent Government body based in Bristol.

Details of how to appeal are sent out with the Decision Notice.

Further information


How do I appeal?

All planning appeals are dealt with by the Planning Inspectorate, an independent Government body based in Bristol. Details of how to appeal are sent out with the Decision Notice.

Search for cases

If you are interested in previous Inspectors' decisions on certain types of cases or appeals, you can search for appeal cases online in the Planning Casework Service.

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How do I track the progress of an appeal?

You can track the progress of an appeal against a planning application decision (either your own or for an application you are interested in) by using our online planning application service available on this website.

Appeals lodged, withdrawn, allowed, dismissed or where there are forthcoming inquiries or hearings are reported in the agenda for each meeting of the Development Control Committee.

Details of some appeals will be also be available on the Planning Inspectorate website. On-line facilities to comment on an appeal are also available.

If you require further information you can contact the Development Control Service
Telephone: 01442 228376
Email: planning@dacorum.gov.uk.

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How do I comment on an appeal?

Parties who made representations or objections at the application stage are given the opportunity to comment on any subsequent appeal against refusal or against any imposed conditions. Comments on an appeal will be taken into account by the Planning Inspector. As this is a legal process, make sure that you follow advice given and meet deadlines set.

A detailed guide to taking part in planning appeals is available on the Planning Inspectorate website .

Details of some appeals are available on the Planning Portal website. There are also online facilities to make comments .

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