Petition for Community Right to Appeal Planning Decisions

The planning system is one of the few decision-making processes that gives no right of appeal to affected third parties. The government should introduce a limited third party right of appeal by giving parish councils a right to appeal planning decisions to the Planning Inspectorate.

There is a fundamental imbalance in the planning system. Under current rules, if a council refuses a planning application, the applicant is allowed to appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. If a council approves an application, no one has the right to appeal. With the national presumption in favour of sustainable development throwing the planning system into disarray, in the interest of justice, the government should give parish councils the right to appeal planning decisions.

A petition to Parliament to consider this issue is aiming to get 100,000 signatures in order to get it considered for debate in Parliament.

There are more details at, where you can sign this petition. The deadline is 19 April 2016.

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