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What is a Planning Appeal?

The process of a planning appeal is whereby a planning applicant can challenge an adverse planning decision, including a refusal of planning permission.

A Planning Appeal can also be made against the failure of the local planning authority to issue a planning decision within a given time, against conditions attached to permission, against the issue of an enforcement notice and against refusals of listed building and conservation area consent.

The Planning Inspectorate process appeals in England and Wales.

You can search for appeal cases in the Planning Casework Service.

  1. You can use the search facility to find a planning appeal which has been accepted as valid and where the final part of the appeal reference starts with a ‘2’.   Older appeals where the reference starts with ‘1’ are not held on the  planning appeal search system.
  2. These planning appeal search facility uses pop-ups which will not work if your internet browser has a pop-up blocker.
  3. If you know the planning appeal reference number, the quickest way to search for a planning appeal is to put the final part (starting with “2”) into the ‘Case Ref’ field – but leave off any ‘wf’ or ‘nwf’ suffix, then click on ‘Search for cases’.


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