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Securing Planning Permission at Appeal

Practical and procedural advice for successful planning appeals

The nature and mode of making planning appeals is constantly changing. How do you maximise your chances of successfully appealing your planning refusal? 

Date Venue Price  
23 November 2017 Strand Palace Hotel, London £280 BOOK

Note: All prices are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate

Event duration: Day Event (6 hours CPD) (Lunch Included).
Registration from: 9.00. Event starts at: 9.25. Event finishes at: 16.30.

Download and print your full course brochure here

So you have made your planning application, and it’s been refused. What now? Should you appeal? What is going to improve the chances of success at appeal?

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) will decide whether to deal with your appeal by way of inquiry, hearing or written representations, and increasingly, they are dealing with appeals by way of hearings or written representation, rather than going to inquiry. Can you appeal against the route? Is it worth it?

Whatever your route, you have to understand how the planning appeal will be judged, what you must do to prepare in advance and know how you must give evidence to be effective in presenting your case.

We give practical advice and tips from our own three experiences as planners/lawyers.

In 2015-2016 11,783 planning appeals were received. Of those that were received 1,298 were major development appeals, 7,119 were minor development appeals, 1,501 were change of use appeals, 1,308 were household appeals and 557 were unclassified. 

Learning objectives

  • The decision making considerations on whether to appeal as alternatives
  • The different modes of appeal; strengths and weaknesses
  • The practical way to make the appeal to PINS
  • How to prepare for the appeal
  • The procedure at the appeal
  • What are your options if you lose?

This programme is aimed at those who manage, or give evidence in the planning appeal process. It will be a refresher for those who do so infrequently and a valuable insight for those who are new to it.



Dealing with Planning Refusal and Rejection


  • Procedural issues and time scales for the preparation of evidence
  • Required documents

Expert Witness Rules

Being An Expert Witness 

Cross-examination strategies and tactics

How is Evidence Weighted?


Written Representation

Appealing Options

The role of lobbying and PR

Question and Answer Session

For the full programme please see the downloadable PDF above