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When and how you can appeal against a maintenance of land notice.

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10 January 2019
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When you can appeal

Your local planning authority may send you a maintenance of land notice if you own or occupy land that has become derelict or untidy.

You can appeal against a maintenance of land notice if you own, rent or lawfully occupy the property or land it applies to.

Anyone can comment on an appeal.

There's no fee for appealing.

Deadline for appealing

Your appeal must be received before the date the notice takes effect.

When you can expect a decision

Once your appeal has started, you’ll normally get a decision within 14 weeks but it can take longer.

How to appeal

Make your appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. 

If you want to appeal more than one decision you must make a separate appeal for each.

Send a copy of your appeal, including all the supporting documents, to your local planning authority. The Planning Inspectorate will tell you how to do this.

Documents you must provide

You’ll need to submit copies of:

  • a copy of the maintenance of land notice
  • any relevant correspondence with the local planning authority
  • your appeal form, if you’re appealing by post or e-mail
  • any other documents that directly support your appeal, for example your full statement of case

You can post or email them to the Planning Inspectorate.

The Planning Inspectorate
Crown Buildings
Cathays Park
CF10 3NQ

Comment on an appeal

Anyone can comment on a Maintenance of land notice appeal. Find the case on the appeals casework portal.

The deadline for comments is 4 weeks after the start date of the appeal.

Your local planning authority must tell anyone who may be interested (interested parties) that there’s an appeal.

They have to do this within a week of the appeal being started by the Planning Inspectorate.

Read the detailed guidance about making your representations. 

After you appeal

The Planning Inspectorate will check your appeal to make sure it’s valid. They’ll tell you what happens next and how long your appeal may take.

The Planning Inspectorate will then consider your appeal. You’ll normally get a decision within 14 weeks of the starting date but it can take longer.

If anyone behaves unreasonably

You can apply for an award of costs if anyone involved in your appeal has cost you money by behaving unreasonably, for example missing deadlines. You can have costs awarded against you too.

You can complain about how the Planning Inspectorate handled your appeal. There’s no time limit for complaints.

If you disagree with the appeal decision

You can challenge the decision in the High Court if you think the Planning Inspectorate made a legal mistake.

Get advice from a lawyer if you’re unsure about this.