Appeals (Planning)

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You have a right to appeal to the Secretary of State against a number of planning decisions made by Fylde Borough Council or any local authority. They include:

1.  refusal of planning permission
2.  imposition of condition(s)
3.  failure to determine an application within 8 weeks
4.  The service of an enforcement notice
5.  refusal to permit removal or works affecting trees covered by TPO’s

An appeal can only be made by the applicant/agent.  Third parties do not have a right of appeal.

There are 4 different types of appeals:

Major Public Inquiry

Where the proposal has such important national/regional implication's.

Public Inquiry

About 8% of appeals are conducted by a Public Inquiry.  They tend to be large developments, e.g. superstores and motorway service areas. A public inquiry is similar to a court case and has barristers and expert witnesses.


This is a type of ‘round table’ discussion led by the Inspector and is much less formal than a public inquiry.

Written Representation's

This is the most common type of appeal - about 73% of all appeals are conducted in this way.  A written representation is suitable for smaller developments where issues are straightforward.

NB :  An award of Costs can be made on all of above,  except written representation cases.

Appeal Forms are available on request from:
The Planning Inspectorate
Customer Support Unit
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Temple Quay

Telephone 0117 372 6372

More information regarding planning appeals can be obtained from the planning Inspectorate at (external link).