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How long your appeal will take

If your application for planning permission has been rejected we would encourage you to try to negotiate an amended scheme rather than submit an appeal.

On average, only about one appeal in three is successful. If you do decide to appeal, you should allow enough time to ensure that everything is submitted to us before the deadline.

Decisions during the election period

The Planning Inspectorate always aims to issue decisions promptly after the event.  However, in the run-up to local and national elections we are always concerned to ensure that decisions relating to proposals which have raised particular sensitivities or interest in an area cannot be deemed to have influenced the election or have been used to electoral advantage by any interested body.  Accordingly decisions where there is a reason to believe that the outcome may be electorally sensitive with regard to the elections for the National Assembly will be held back until the election results have been announced.

Each decision as to whether a decision should be held back is taken on the circumstances of the case by the Director for Wales. 

We shall of course ensure that any such decision delayed for the reasons above is issued promptly after the election results are announced.

How quickly you will get a decision on your appeal

We plan the use of our Inspector resource in such a way to maximise the potential output - which means we can deal with the highest number of customers whilst being as efficient as possible.

There is not an even distribution of work across the country and this can lead to periods where the time taken to decide appeals will vary according to the location of the case. The latest available figures give a feel for the times taken to decide appeals – figures are given for the percentage decided within a certain number of weeks, with the exception of those with bespoke timetables. The average time to decide appeals is also given – some will take less and others more.



Figures are based on decisions issued during 12 months ended March 2016


Type


Percentage decided within:


Average time to decide

Planning appeals
  - Written representations

94.91% within 16 weeks



15 weeks


  - Householder appeals  87.88% within  12 weeks  7 weeks
  - Hearings

92.42% within 22 weeks



21 weeks


  - Inquiries

100% within 30 weeks



28 weeks


Enforcement appeals
  - Written representations

100% within 30 weeks



21 weeks


  - Hearings

75% within 41 weeks



28 weeks


  - Inquiries

100% within 41 weeks



32 weeks


Advertisement appeals
  - Written representations

81.82% within 15 weeks



14 weeks


  - Hearings

50%  within 15 weeks



16 weeks


Listed building consent/Conservation area consent appeals
  - Written representations

50% within 16 weeks



19 weeks


  - Hearings

100% within 22 weeks



22 weeks


  - Inquiries

~ within 30 weeks



~ weeks


Listed building/Conservation area enforcement appeals
  - Written representations

100% within 30 weeks



22 weeks


  - Hearings

100% within 41 weeks



23 weeks


  - Inquiries

100% within 41 weeks



30 weeks


Lawful development certificate appeals
  - Written representations

100% within 30 weeks



23 weeks


  - Hearings

100% within 41 weeks



30 weeks


  - Inquiries

100% within 41 weeks



29 weeks