Who decides an appeal of a refused planning application?

When a refused planning application goes to appeal, a Planning Inspector from the Planning Inspectorate leads the procedure. He’ll assess all the evidence presented by both parties and be the one who will make a decision within 28 days.

Nearly all appeals are decided by Inspectors or by appointed persons; in each case they are solely responsible for their decision. A very small percentage are decided by the Secretary of State – these tend to be the very large or contentious proposed schemes.

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