No-one relishes the prospect of fighting an appeal. When any client comes to us for assistance with a planning application, we apply the ‘could we win this at appeal?’ test from the very outset. If the answer is no, we’ll try to identify an alternative solution that avoids the thorny issues while satisfying their requirements.
If you come to us for help once your initial application for planning permission has been rejected or in the event that one of our own applications has been refused, we’ll assess whether you stand a reasonable chance of winning an appeal. If we genuinely believe you won’t succeed we’ll tell you so, rather than encouraging further fruitless expenditure.
If the chances are good we will be very happy to take up the challenge and will advise on the best way to proceed.
We can also help with listed building appeals and appeals against inappropriate conditions.
We’re experienced in submitting written representations and representing clients at informal hearings. We also have extensive experience of assisting with public inquiry cases and call-in inquiries (where the Secretary of State has asked a local authority to refer a case directly to him or her). We can instruct most planning barristers directly, so there’s no need to get a solicitor involved unless the case is particularly complex.
Recent appeal successes include:
- winning change of use for a restaurant in a London shopping frontage
- outline permission for up to 282 houses in Flintshire, granted by the Welsh Assembly Government following public inquiry, plus obtaining partial award of costs against the LPA
- permission for student housing and commercial development in the London Borough of Islington, following a public inquiry.