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Written representations

Procedure for written representations

In cases where neither the applicant nor the planning authority requests 'the right to be heard', that is, the right to present their evidence orally, the appeal is handled through written representations.

The 'start date' of the appeal is the date that the Secretary of State receives the request to appeal from the applicant.

Within five days, the local authority must notify everyone who submitted representations on the original planning application.

Appeals questionnaire

Please note time frame

  • The local authority is required to complete a standard questionnaire about the case, and return it to the Planning Inspectorate and the appellant within 14 days of the start date.
  • The completed questionnaire should contain information on how the local authority has publicised the case and on what ground it is opposing the appeal.
  • If the local authority fails to make its case in the questionnaire it must send a 'statement of case' to the Secretary of State's office within 28 days of the starting date.
  • The appellant who is making the appeal has 17 days to respond to the questionnaire. The local authority and the Planning Inspectorate have seven days after that to respond.

The local authority is required to complete a standard questionnaire about the case, and return it to the Planning Inspectorate and the appellant of the start date.

What you can do

As a member of the public, you have a right to make a written representation of your case for the inspector's consideration.

Organise your evidence carefully, and send your representation to the Planning Inspectorate.

You should also attend the inspector's site visit if there is one.

Both the applicant and the local authority will be represented, and objectors are invited to attend.