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Recovered Appeals

Welsh Ministers have the power to determine planning appeals that would normally be dealt with by the Planning Inspectorate. These appeals are known as 'recovered appeals'.

Most planning appeals are determined by Planning Inspectors under powers transferred to them by the Town and Country Planning (Determination of Appeals by Appointed Persons) (Prescribed Classes) (Wales) Regulations 2015.

Welsh Ministers have powers to recover jurisdiction over planning appeals from Inspectors. Those powers may be used in relation to:

  • residential development of more than 150 houses or on more than 6 hectares of land
  • retail developments of over 10,000 square metres
  • major proposals for the winning and working of minerals
  • proposals for major developments which could have wide effects beyond their immediate locality
  • proposals giving rise to substantial controversy beyond the immediate locality
  • proposals which raise novel planning issues
  • proposals which raise significant legal difficulties
  • proposals to which a Central Government Department has objected, or
  • cases that can only be decided in conjunction with a case over which an Inspector has no jurisdiction.