Planning appeals—written representations
Planning appeals—written representations

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

  • Planning appeals—written representations
  • When are written representations used?
  • Legislation
  • Guidance
  • Householder, minor commercial and advertisement consent appeals
  • Householder applications
  • Minor commercial appeals
  • Advertisement appeals
  • Written representations procedure for other appeals
  • Timescales

When are written representations used?

Written representations are appropriate where:

  1. the grounds of appeal and issues raised can be clearly understood from the appeal documents plus a site inspection, and/or

  2. the inspector should not need to test the evidence by questioning or to clarify any other matters, and/or

  3. an environmental impact assessment is either not required or the EIA is not in dispute

Written representations are normally the simplest, quickest and most straightforward way of making an appeal. The majority of planning appeals proceed by the written procedure.

See Practice Notes: Planning appeals—key points and Planning appeals—which procedure?.

Legislation

The written representations procedure is set out in the:

  1. Town and Country Planning (Appeals) (Written Representations Procedure) (England) Regulations 2009, SI 2009/452, in England (the English Written Representation Regulations), and

  2. Town and Country Planning (Referred Applications and Appeals Procedure) (Wales) Regulations 2017, SI 2017/544, in Wales (the Welsh Appeal Regulations)

Householder, minor commercial and advertisement consent appeals

Appeals in connection with householder, minor commercial and advertisement consent applications proceed by written representations procedures that have a shorter timescale than other appeals proceeding by written representations. The procedure for householder, minor commercial and advertisement consent applications is dealt with in:

  1. Part 1 of the English Appeal Regulations, and

  2. Part 3 of the Welsh Appeal Regulations

See: Householder, minor commercial and advertisement consent appeals

Procedures

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