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Appeals success rate rises

by on July 10, 2014

There has been an increase in the success rate for planning appeals since the introduction of the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) two years ago with a particularly significant improvement for residential appeals determined after public inquiries, according to new research published by Turley Associates.

The planning consultancy examined planning application and appeal statistics for the two year periods immediately before and after the introduction of the NPPF. The resulting report revealed a higher percentage of successful appeals following the introduction of the guidance and the emergence of differences in success rates depending on whether appeals were determined by written representations, by hearing or by public inquiry.

The document showed that the percentage of applications refused by local planning authorities remained largely unchanged at approximately 20 per cent with approvals at 80 per cent

The research did show, however, that the rate of success on appeal has increased by as much as 50 per cent for public inquiries since the introduction of the NPPF.

Turley executive director Rob Peters said: “There has been a marked increase in success by inquiry with only a modest increase by hearing and virtually no change in written representations. This could be explained, in part, by the failure of local authorities to formulate and adopt local plans to the timescale envisaged in the NPPF.”

Read the Turley Associates news release.


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