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
  • Submission of the appeal form
  • Notification of receipt of appeal
  • Appeal questionnaire
  • Notice to interested people
  • Representations
  • Further information
  • more

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?.


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 2009 Regulations); and

  2. Town and Country Planning (Referrals and Appeals) (Written Representations Procedure) (Wales) Regulations 2015, SI 2015/1331, in Wales (the 2015 Regulations)


The government has published a series of guidance notes on how to make appeals. Anyone wishing to make an appeal should review any applicable guidance before submitting the appeal.

The government has also published Planning Practice Guidance on planning appeals and the award of costs. Although the guidance is not statutory, the guidance can be a material consideration in planning decisions and should generally be followed unless there are clear reasons not

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