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Planning Appeals / Listed Building Appeals


In the event that an application for planning permission and / or listed building consent is refused, DLA Town Planning Ltd can offer an expert analysis of the best way forward. In many cases a satisfactory compromise can be found and a revised application to the Local Planning Authority is sometimes the best option. DLA can provide expert help in making this decision.


However, for a variety of reasons this is not always possible or desirable and we can advise you of the chances of success of lodging an appeal (against a refusal or undesirable conditions) with the independent central government agency, the Planning Inspectorate.


We have a large and varied appeal caseload, ranging from written representation appeals through to hearings and complex public inquiries and we can advise you as to which of the 3 procedures would best suit your needs, budget and timeframes:


Written Procedure

The written procedure involves the submission of written documents from both the Appellant and the Local Planning Authority and is normally the quickest and cheapest method. The appointed Inspector will make a judgement following consideration of all submitted material, and a visit to the site.


Hearing Procedure

The hearing procedure is less formal than an inquiry and involves a more relaxed forum with everyone, including the Inspector, seated round a table, usually followed by a site visit. Legal representatives are not usually involved as hearings are aimed at being quicker and cheaper than an inquiry. 


Inquiry Procedure

The inquiry procedure involves a more formal event, where individual witnesses may be cross-examined by Counsel in front of the Inspector. Inquiries are used for complicated or controversial applications or where it is necessary to cross-examine witnesses.


Household Appeals Team

The Planning Inspectorate has introduced a new fast track system specifically for householder appeals, i.e. appeals against the refusal of planning permission for proposals to extend or alter residential properties.

Mindful of the shortened timescales introduced by the Planning Inspectorate, we at DLA Town Planning Ltd are able to offer a similarly streamlined service, designed to provide you with a quick appraisal of your scheme in the light of the Council’s objections, in order to help you make a decision as to the best way forward.’ 

DLA Town Planning Ltd
5 The Gavel Centre
Porters Wood
St Albans
Telephone | 01727 850 907
Email | dlaoffice@dlatownplanning.com

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