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Planning Appeal

Planning Direct specialises in Planning Appeals. Planning Direct is used by home owners, Architects, Developers and Lawyers. We have an excellent success rate at an affordable price.

Has your Planning Application been refused?

Contact Planning Direct, we can help. Most importantly, you have six months to lodge a planning appeal in order to get your planning decision overturned.

At Planning Direct we offer initial advice for free. Call Planning Direct to benefit from the knowledge of an expert planning consultant. We can assess whether a Planning Appeal is appropriate and what your chances of success are. Many planning applications turned down at local council level go on to be won at appeal. Planning Direct Consultants can quickly assess your chances of success. With much experience (and a strong success rate) we can advise whether you will be successful. Alternatively we can recommend an alternative approach, such a revised planning application.

So why are we so successful?

Putting a planning appeal together is normally relatively straightforward. Our unusually high success rate is based on our knowledge of the planning system and  planning law. We are also very familiar with local councils and their decision making processes. Many Local Councils simply can not justify a planning refusal. Submitting an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate takes the decision out of the hands of the local authority. Instead it is placed it into the hands of an independent inspector.

Our unique team includes

  • Two planning consultants with many years political experience
  • The ex Head of Town Planning for a Local Authority
  • Two Planning Technicians
  • Planning Administrator

Andrew Cann, is the Director here at Planning Direct. Her has 25 years experience in the commercial arena. He also served as a local councillor with Ipswich Borough Council for a decade. He therefore has considerable experience with both sides of the Planning Process.

Here at Planning Direct we are highly skilled and passionate about winning. We hold weekly case conferences where we discuss each case to share expertise and knowledge. With RTPI qualified staff and some significant legal experience we always know the right way to get your planning appeal approved by the Planning Inspectorate. 

What is a Planning Appeal?

In England and Wales, a Planning Appeal is made to the Planning Inspectorate; a semi-independent Government body. This body employs Planning Inspectors, whose job is to objectively review the evidence. They determine whether your planning appeal merits passing. This decision is based upon planning criteria. They also take into account whether your application is unreasonable or causes real harm. Inspectors, in our experience, come to planning applications with a fair, unbiased and considered approach, aiming to allow development where possible.

How much will a Planning Appeal cost?

Less than you think. We do what is necessary to maximise appeal success. Sometimes a site visit is required, most often not (saving you money). You do not pay for the Planning Inspectorates work – just for our time. Our work includes research, submission and case management. Get in touch to discuss your case, for free. If we think we can help we’ll send a no obligation fixed cost estimate.

One of our happy clients:

“5 star! …if Planning Direct offers a service you need then their number is the only contact you need. They covered it all for us and made it affordable… Andrew – I think you understand how much this decision meant to me and my family and words could never express my gratitude towards you. Two previous Planning Consultants told me it was impossible to win. One from the area told me it was always just ‘wishful thinking’ that I would ever gain permission. From the first phone call, I felt I had found the right man for the job and you exceeded all expectations. You are an outstanding Planning Consultant and I’m very lucky you worked alongside us.

Forever grateful, Martin and Becky.”

How do I start the Planning Appeal process?

You can find out more about what we can do – and for free. Contact us now about your planning problem and we’ll give initial advice completely free of charge:

What Our Clients Say About Us

  • “Wonderful news. Thank you for your incredible support and professional assistance”.

    You should consider using a Planning Consultancy to apply for Change of Use. There are a number of angles which we can adopt in order to put forward a succinct and thorough proposal to your local council in support if your application.

    Read how we won this case here

    Contact us to discuss your case on 01473 407911.

    Planning Direct wins another Change of Use Planning Application in London

  • “Amazing service, contact was kept throughout… always very helpful. All my questions were answered straight away… Absolutely I would recommend Planning Direct without a doubt”

    If you need to apply for retrospective Planning Permission, or indeed you need to appeal a decision Planning Direct can help you.

    Here’s how we helped this client – read more here

    Planning Direct wins retrospective planning appeal – “Amazing Service” says happy client

  • “I just want to thank your firm for the change of use you got us in Rush Green. Jamie has pulled it out the bag and sent us that good news today, he is so patient he just kept chewing at them until they said yes”.

    If you have a  piece of land which you think could be developed Planning Direct could help you obtain the planning permission to realise its’ potential.

    Click here to read how we won this case.

    Is there room for a house in your garden?

  • “Andrew and Nikki worked hard and efficiently on our change of use application with a positive outcome and I believe this was all down to their expertise and experience, we would recommend them to anyone and would not hesitate to use them again in the future. Great work”.

    Are you looking to expand your business? Have you considered purchasing a neighbouring property and extending into it? Planning Direct can help you obtain Planning Permission for Change of Use.

    Read the full article here

    Suffolk business now able to expand thanks to Planning Direct

  • Thank you so much for your help with this – best investment I’ve made so far in engaging you – I thought your document to the Planning Inspectorate was first class and worth every penny.

    When our Planning Application was refused for the second time we felt the reasons for refusal were weak. We asked Planning Direct whether we had good grounds for appeal. Ben was extremely positive about the points of our case, he reviewed all of the documentation we provided him and also used his own extensive knowledge of other appeals and associated decisions.

    The result was an outstanding 15-page document that clearly set out the reasons for the Councils refusal along with the positive counter-arguments and references to precedent cases for presentation to the Planning Inspectorate.

    The end result…. our appeal was upheld and permission was granted. We would not be in this position without Ben’s fantastic attention to detail and his way with words in presenting the case.

    Mr K Swinburne, New Build Family Home

  • I just wanted to express my extreme gratitude to you for your help with our recent planning application to extend our home.

    From our first call, I was impressed with the way your handled our case and it was evident from the word go that you knew exactly what was needed to get our application granted.

    I especially appreciate your prompt and efficient service, considering the tight deadline that I gave you.

    I am sure that without the work that you did to support our original application and in response to the councils request to alter our application, we would not have been granted the planning permission for the size of extension that we wanted and would have had to settle for a smaller space that would not have worked for my family.

    Once again, thanks for your winning service.

    Tanvir Choudhury, Home Extension

  • With my sincere thanks to you Andrew for everything you done! No doubt I’ll be in touch again when this goes to committee. Best wishes, Leigh

    Leigh-Jane Miller, Gallions Point Harbour Ltd

  • Andrew worked tirelessly on documenting our objection statement and writing our respective three minute presentations for the Development Control Committee. Our sincere thanks go to Andrew Cann for his diligence, guidance, attention to detail and highly professional approach in helping Bardwell and Stanton Parish Councils with this planning application.

    Andrew Smith on behalf of Bardwell and Stanton Parish Councils

  • I want to place on record my thanks to you for all you have done to advise and assist Pakefield Opposing Tesco in our campaign to stop Tesco taking over the Tramway Hotel in Pakefield, Lowestoft.
    The reports you produced were professional, well researched and very knowledgeable about the processes and operations of local authority planning departments and development control committees.
    Your work made a major contribution to our campaign which has so far successfully prevented a much loved local building and community facility becoming just another retail store that the local community doesn’t want or need.
    Thank you for your work.
    Best wishes
    Bob Blizzard

    Bob Blizzard – Chair, Pakefield Opposing Tesco

  • I worked with Andrew when the Crossrail Bill, which at the time would have had a severe effect on rail freight, was being considered by the House of Lords. He is a canny operator (pun intended) and was quick to grasp the case and how best to present it to peers who were intelligent but ignorant of the facts. I would recommend him for a project management or strategic role in the ports or freight sector or in an equivalent industry.

    Angus Walker Partner / Head of Department at Bircham Dyson Bell



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