Planning  appeals

A Planning application may be refused by the local planning authority or called-in by the Secretary of State. In such circumstances, an applicant has the right to appeal the decision under either section 77 or section 78 of the Town & Country Planning Act. There are three forms of appeal, each of which are heard by the Planning Inspectorate; written representations, a local hearing or public inquiry.

Other types of appeal
We have experience in a wide range of appeals and hearings, including: compulsory purchase order inquiries, where the strategic acquisition of land is being examined; stopping-up inquiries where the highway rights over land are to be rescinded; appearances in the high court where the legality of the process by which a planning permission was either granted or refused is in question.

Three forms of appeal

 Written representations are the most common form of planning appeal. The Planning Inspector will consider written evidence from the appellant and any other interested party.

 A local hearing is an orderly but informal hearing in which the Inspector will lead a discussion into the case at hand.  The views of the appellant, the planning and highway authority and any other interest parties are heard.

A planning inquiry is the most formal of the appeal procedures and often involves larger or more complex projects. These are often cases in which expert evidence is presented and witnesses are cross examined by Counsel acting on behalf of opposing parties in a court room setting.

Why choose us as your expert witness?

  • Transport Planning Associates has extensive experience in all three types of planning appeal.
  • We offer a full range of advice, from relatively simple matters involving traffic accidents to major planning applications.
  • We represented both developers and Local Authorities at appeals that range from highways-only matters to larger appeals involving multi-disciplinary teams.
  • As part of the process we use our experience and expertise to produce cogent proof of evidence documentation which sets out factual statement, reference to the latest highway standards and advice documentation and reasoned arguments for our case.
  • We have developed an excellent relationship with the UK’s most respected Counsel who regularly recommend our services to clients.