Last updated 4 November 2016
Planning applicants can appeal against a decision of the council's to refuse an application.
In addition applicants can appeal where the council have failed to make a decision within the statutory period that is normally eight weeks from when the application is received.
At present there are no third party rights of appeal where, for example, a resident wishes to object to the granting of planning permission by the council.
Appeals are made to the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions and they are judged by the Planning Inspectorate on his/her behalf.