Recovered planning appeals
Recovered planning appeals

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

  • Recovered planning appeals
  • When does recovery take place?
  • What appeals does the Secretary of State recover?
  • Procedure
  • Recovered decision letters

Planning appeals can be ‘recovered’ for decision by ministers. In a recovered appeal, instead of an inspector making the decision, they write a report making a recommendation on how the appeal should be determined. The recommendation is taken into account by the Secretary of State to make the decision, taking into account the inspector’s recommendation.

Recovery should not be confused with ‘call-in’, where the original application decision is taken away from the local authority and made by ministers. See Practice Note: Call in by the Secretary of State.

When does recovery take place?

Recovery can occur at any stage of the appeal, even after the site visit, a hearing or an inquiry has taken place.

What appeals does the Secretary of State recover?

A Parliamentary Statement on 30 June 2008 sets out the appeals that the Secretary of State will consider. These are proposals:

  1. for development of major importance having more than local significance

  2. giving rise to substantial regio