Planning Inquiries. A briefing
Department for Communities and Local Government
It is important that the local community or other interested parties are given the opportunity to make representations on planning matters
Says Maria Darby
Planning Development Management
It is recognised that it is important that the local community or other interested parties are given the opportunity to make representations on planning matters both in regard to the initial application and at any subsequent appeal.
Members of the public or representative associations can ask to be heard at an inquiry. These are quasi-judicial by nature where the main parties to the appeal are usually legally represented and are questioned under oath. The Planning Inspectorate provide a guidance note for people who are to take part in a public inquiry to advise them on how the event will proceed:
The award of cost regime is designed to promote an effective and timely planning system. Details of the application of the award of costs system can be found in the Award of Costs: A guide for appellants;
It is important to note that any party can have costs awarded against them in full or in part if they are judged to be a party to the appeal.