2. Types of appeal
The Written Procedure involves the Planning Inspectorate considering the appeal based on written evidence only submitted to it by the council, the appellants and interested third parties. The appointed inspector will also make an inspection of the appeal site and its surroundings.
The Hearing Procedure involves a discussion of the appeal proposals lead by the appointed inspector where everyone concerned is provided with the opportunity to explain their views. Hearings are conducted in a more relaxed and informal atmosphere than the third type of appeal, the inquiry procedure.
The Inquiry Procedure is the formal of the types because it usually involves the more complicated and/or controversial appeals. Expert evidence is often presented by witnesses who are cross examined.