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A planning hearing is an inquisitorial process led by an inspector. It involves the submission of written evidence by the main parties with a similar process and timeframe to that used for written representation appeals, followed by an informal hearing once all written submissions have been received.
The hearing takes the form of a round-the-table discussion led by the planning inspector. Third parties, such as local residents, councillors and amenity groups may also attend and take part in the discussion.
The majority of hearings will take no longer than a day and usually conclude with a site visit, although complex proposals may take several days.
The procedure for planning hearings is set out in the Town and Country Planning (Hearings Procedure) (England) Rules 2000, SI 2000/1626 (the English Hearing Rules) and Part 5 of the Town and Country Planning (Referred Applications and Appeals Procedure) (Wales) Regulations 2017, SI 2017/544 (the Welsh Appeal Regulations).
Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has published Planning appeals procedural guidance—England (the English Procedural Guidance) and Procedural Guide Planning appeals—Wales
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