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Written representations are appropriate where:
the grounds of appeal and issues raised can be clearly understood from the appeal documents plus a site inspection, and/or
the inspector should not need to test the evidence by questioning or to clarify any other matters, and/or
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:
Town and Country Planning (Appeals) (Written Representations Procedure) (England) Regulations 2009, SI 2009/452, in England (the English Written Representation Regulations), and
Town and Country Planning (Referred Applications and Appeals Procedure) (Wales) Regulations 2017, SI 2017/544, in Wales (the Welsh Appeal Regulations)
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
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