Planning appeals

Can I appeal against a planning application?

If you are the applicant, there is a right of appeal against most planning decisions taken by Allerdale Borough Council. You can appeal if:

  • No decision has been reached on the application within the statutory eight week period (13 weeks for major applications)
  • The application is refused
  • We have granted permission but you disagree with any of the conditions that have been imposed.

Information on appeals is provided with the decision notice in every case where a right of appeal applies. There is no right of appeal for third parties (this includes neighbours) or interested organisations. 

How can I appeal and how are planning appeals dealt with?

  • Householder appeals: This is an appeal process for householder applications. Third parties do not have the opportunity to make further representations to the Planning Inspectorate
  • Written representations:  This is the most common method and involves written submissions from the person making the appeal (appellant) and us. All those concerned including third parties can make comments to the Planning Inspectorate
  • Hearing: This type of appeal involves an informal discussion of the issues, which is lead by the Planning Inspector following written submissions. Third parties can also make representations to the Planning Inspectorate
  • Public inquiry: This is the most formal of the appeal processes and is usually reserved for cases that are complex, controversial or need witnesses to be cross examined. Third parties can also make representations to the Planning Inspectorate

How do I view the information relating to an appeal?

Some appeals and documentation can be viewed online at the Planning Portal website. 

How can I comment on an appeal?

If you made a comment about the original planning application, it will be sent to the Planning Inspectorate. If you would like to comment on an appeal, send your comments to the Planning Inspectorate. Their postal address is Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN within six weeks of the start date of the appeal. Quote the planning appeal reference number (that will usually have the prefix  APP/G0908/E/xx/xxxxxxx).

How much time do I have to appeal?

  • Appeals must be made within a strict time limit from the date of the decision as listed below:
  • Refusals of householder applications  - 12 weeks from the date of the decision notice.
  • Refusal of advertisement consent - eight weeks from the date of the decision notice.
  • All other application types - six months from the date of the decision notice.
  • Appeals against non-determination within six months of the expiry date of the application

Please note - for householder appeals you do not have the opportunity to make further comments.

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Downloadable Documents

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Adobe PDF format - download the viewerTaking part in enforcement appeal hearing Jun 11 in PDF format136 Kb19 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerTaking part enforcement appeal inquiry Jun 11 in PDF format143 Kb20 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerTaking part enforcement appeal - written Jun 11 in PDF format132 Kb19 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerProcedural Guide - Planning Appeals 2014 in PDF format847 Kb2 mins 1 sec @ 56k, 3 secs @ 2mb

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