Planning appeals dismissed (percentage)

Why and how do we measure this data?

An important element of how well the Council is performing is the soundness of the decisions it makes. When permission is refused, or a decision is not taken within certain time limits, applicants can appeal to the Secretary of State and a planning inspector will then be appointed to determine whether a development can proceed. The Council should therefore turn down applications only where there are good planning reasons. It is therefore appropriate to monitor how many appeals are being allowed and dismissed to make sure that local decisions are well founded and are not being regularly overturned by appeal. The Council aims to win 70% of appeals. For more information visit our Planning Appeals section.

What information can I see?

You will find the information below, both embedded in the web page, in this case as a spreadsheet and a chart, and also available to download in several formats at the bottom of the page.

The most recent data published by the Planning Inspectorate refers to the Q3 2014/15 period.  This data is now published on the GOV.UK website although is not broken down by individual local authority. This data can be viewed from the link below.


The Council aims to win 70% of appeals which is a relatively ambitious target. Appeal performance often varies significantly from one quarter to another as shown by the table above. Over the last 3 years the Council has either exceeded the target or has been within 10 percentage points of achieving it. The Planning Inspectorate allowed only 8% of householder appeals during 2016/17. 

There was a total of 12 householder appeals being determined and only one allowed by the Planning Inspectorate during 2016/17. 

Last updated: 16/06/2017
Portfolio Holder: Cllr Caroline Brook
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