Planning & Development

Planning Appeals & Public Inquiries

Gaining planning permission when initial applications have been refused

The process of gaining planning permission is a complex and often tortuous process. When applications are refused, as the land or property owner, you have the option to take the application to appeal. The process of appealing is more complex and demanding than the original application and taking experienced, professional advice is highly recommended to significantly improve the chance of a positive outcome.

At Landscope we have significant experience at appeal – we have helped a significant number of clients to turn a refusal into permission through this process. From ideas still on paper, to buildings which have come under enforcement action, we have been able to help individuals and businesses to navigate the planning process successfully and secure their property developments.

Having assessed your site, identified the strengths and weaknesses of the original application and studied the officer’s report, we advise you on how likely it is that the application can win on appeal, in our professional opinion and potential routes forward to build a robust case. We represent you in discussion with local authority planning officers and other third parties. If the case is called to an appeal hearing, we will represent you as an expert witness and will be subject to cross examination by the Inspector. We have experience at all levels of appeal, through to public inquiries and high court.

Public Inquiries

Public inquiries are a formal procedure led by an independent Planning Inspector, where evidence included in a planning application or appeal is tested by cross examination of expert witnesses, usually by barristers.Landscope is experienced in presenting evidence both in writing and in person, for the inquiry, preparing plans documents and briefs for submission, whilst negotiating matters of common ground with the planning authority.Strict timescales have to be met in order to comply with the process and deadlines must not be missed.

In addition to helping private individuals and businesses, Landscope is also recognised as expert in agricultural and equestrian property, by a number of Local Planning Authorities across the Eastern and Midlands regions and is regularly brought in to provide independent witness on specialist cases. This has allowed us huge insight into the thoughts and processes the Local Planning Officers and Inspectors use when assessing applications and as result we can improve outcome at appeal.

How can we help you?

Call us on 01525 630113 or email