Commercial Planning Appeals

Commercial Planning Appeals

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Planning Appeal Specialists

AMS Planning can provide consultancy services for clients throughout the UK who are looking to submit their commercial planning appeals to their local authorities.

Having a planning application for commercial development refused is a disappointing and frustrating result. Naturally in such circumstances, applicants are keen to understand if appealing any such decision would bear fruits.

Our planning appeal specialists are able to review decision notices, officers’ reports and planning application submissions to determine the likelihood of success at appeal, providing our clients with confidence to decide their next steps.

From appealing a decision on grounds of non-determination, to appealing against a contentious planning condition, AMS are experts in navigating the appeals process.

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PlanningAppeal Consultants

There are three mechanisms by which an appeal can be heard, Written Representations, Informal Hearings and Public Inquiries. Our planning appeal consultants are available to assist with appeals taking the form of any of the three methods.

Written Representations are the most popular form of appeal and, as the name suggests, involves submission of written statements. This method has the advantages of being relatively quick and inexpensive.

If you want to present your case to the Inspector in person, Hearings allow you to do it in an informal way, without going to great expense. Appellants (application and planning consultant) will need to submit a written statement before the hearing. Hearings are usually held at the local Council offices or virtually, and the Inspector will lead you and the Council’s planning officer in a round table discussion of the case. A decision will be issued within a few weeks of the Informal Hearing.

Public Inquiries represent the most formal and often the slowest form of appeal. Inquiries involve presentation of the appellant’s and the Council’s case to the Inspector, with each side able to cross-examine the other expert witnesses. Public Inquiries are usually held at the local Council’s officers and for in the majority of situations, a Barrister or advocate is recommended, ensuring that cross-examination is thorough and meaningful. Our Chartered Planners are able to directly instruct a Barrister to act in respect of a Public Inquiry and have a proven record of providing expert evidence under cross-examination.

To discuss your requirements with one of our appeal experts please complete the short form below and we will get back to you.

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