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Planning appeals

All planning appeals are dealt with by The Planning Inspectorate which is part of the Department of Communities and Local Government. It deals with planning appeals for England from its Bristol office.

If you wish to track progress on an appeal, this is possible through the Planning Casework Service, part of the Planning Portal. You will need the Planning Inspectorate reference number, or the address of the appeal site. This service is not available from 2am to 5am as this is when the database is maintained and updated.

Information about on-going or decided appeals can be viewed on our PublicAccess website.

You can appeal in the following circumstances:

(i) If you applied to us for planning permission, and we:

  • was refused planning permission
  • gave permission but with conditions that you think are inappropriate
  • had not approved the details of a scheme that the Council or the Secretary of State have already given outline planning permission for
  • approved the details of a scheme but with conditions you think are inappropriate or unreasonable.

(ii) If we rejected a proposal arising from a condition or limitation on a planning permission.

(iii) If we do not decide your application within the time allowed. Normally the time allowed is eight or 13 weeks from when we accept your application.

(iv) If we told you that we needed more information before we could decide your outline planning application, but you do not want to supply this.

Full details about how to appeal as well as details of the various methods of appeal, including relevant forms and guidance notes, how to take part in the appeals process, the conduct of Informal Hearings and Inquiries etc can be found on the Planning Inspectorate's website.

(v) Right of appeal to applicants if the Local Planning Authority consider an application to be invalid - Appeal against Non-Validation.

Where the Local Planning Authority does not consider an application to be valid and notifies the applicant, the applicant now has the right to send notice to the Local Planning Authority setting out the reasons that he/she considers that the application meets the requirements as laid out in the Procedure Order (i.e. They consider it to be valid).

Following the receipt of the notice from the applicant the Local Planning Authority must notify the applicant by the end of the statutory time period for determining applications or during 7 working days if the notice is received within 7 working days of the end of the statutory time period:

  • They no longer require the applicant to provide the particulars or evidence – a validation notice.
  • The authority continues to require the applicant to provide the particulars or evidence – a non validation notice.

If the Local Planning Authority still considers the application to be invalid the applicant is able to appeal against non determination after the expiry of the relevant 8 or 13 week determination period

For more information on how your application is decided and validated please see the following links:

Local Government guidance on information and requirements and validation

Guidance on how planning applications are processed

Useful links for planning appeals:

Guide to taking part in planning appeals proceeding by written representations – England   

Guide to taking part in planning appeals proceeding by a hearing – England  
 
Guide to taking part in planning appeals proceeding by an inquiry – England   

Useful links for enforcement appeals:

 
Guide to taking part in enforcement appeals proceeding by written representations – England

Guide to taking part in enforcement appeals proceeding by a hearing – England

Guide to taking part in enforcement appeals proceeding by an inquiry – England

If you would like to view any documents relating to the application or appeal please contact a member of the Appeals Team on 01732 227144 or 01732 227320.

Alternatively you can e-mail appeals@sevenoaks.gov.uk. Please allow two working days for files to be prepared. The requested files will be made available to view in our planning reception in our Council Offices on the agreed day.

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