Planning appeals—hearings
Planning appeals—hearings

The following Planning guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Planning appeals—hearings
  • Choosing the appeal procedure
  • Fixing the date of the hearing
  • Submitting the appeal form
  • Notification of appeal
  • Appeal questionnaire
  • LPA's representations
  • Further representations
  • Notification of hearing
  • Hearing statement
  • more

The procedure for planning hearings is set out in the Town and Country Planning (Hearings Procedure) (England) Rules 2000, SI 2000/1626 (in England) and the Town and Country Planning (Hearings Procedure) (Wales) Rules 2003, SI 2003/1271 (in Wales).

Choosing the appeal procedure

When making an appeal, the appellant should identify in the appeal form which appeal procedure it considers to be the most appropriate and give reasons to support this.

The most appropriate procedure would be a hearing if:

  1. there is no need for evidence to be tested by formal cross-examination

  2. the issues are straightforward (and do not require legal or other submissions to be made)

  3. the appellant's case and that of the LPA and interested persons is unlikely to take more than one day to be heard

See Practice Notes: Planning appeals—key points, Planning appeals—which procedure?, Planning inquiries, Planning appeals—hearings and Planning appeals—written representations.

A planning hearing is an inquisitorial process led by an inspector.

Fixing the date of the hearing

Before submitting an appeal, the appellant should try to agree with the local planning authority (LPA) at least two dates on which the hearing could take place.

Planning Inspectorate (PINS) guidance advises that the appellant should allow seven working days from making the complete appeal for PINS to start it and the suggested dates should be within a 12 week period