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 This page explains how to Submit, View and Comment on Appeals

Appeal Process Guidance 

Advice on planning appeals, including appeal time limits and types of appeals, is available on the link above. 

The Planning Inspectorate are a Government agency who act for the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to determine Appeals.

Information on the changes to appeal procedures from 1st October 2013 can be found below:

Government review

Planning Inspectorate review


Find and View Appeals and Documents

 All of the information detailed in this section is available online on the above link

  • Online, you can find, appeals and the planning applications or enforcement notices they relate to and carry out research e.g. find Appeals that relate to a certain type within a specific time frame etc. by following this guidance:
  • If you do not know the Reference number(s) but you have an address or postcode, use the MAP SEARCH, which identifies any relevant appeals, enforcement and planning applications on a site. The map also provides a link to the details and documents of cases you identify, as explained in How to Guide 7. (Please make a note of any APPEAL references)
  • If you do know the Reference number(s) or wish to conduct a more general search, click on the link TO VIEW AND COMMENT ON PLANNING APPLICATIONS, which opens a search screen. For Appeals, Please click on the APPEALS box, wait for the screen to refresh and then complete any of the fields shown (The Appeal reference field is for the Bedford Borough reference no), then click on SEARCH. If there is more than one relevant Appeal, you will see a list for you to look through of any cases and select the one you want. If there is only one Appeal the system will take you straight to the details screen. Once on this screen, you can then view the documents or details of any appeals you have selected. How to Guide 3 provides assistance.
  • The Planning Inspectorate Reference is on the start date letter.
  • (For historic applications before 1995 please refer to How to Guide 4)


Comment on an Appeal

  Please click on the link above and send 3 copies of your correspondence directly to the Inspectorate. You can use the 'advanced' 'Search for a Case' if you do not have the Inspectorate's reference number. You will need to comment by a specific time as detailed on the Inspectorate website and in notification letters sent out (where relevant). Please do not send comments to Bedford Borough Council.

You can view more details about the Appeal processes, types and commenting here


Submit an Appeal

If your application is refused or if the Council does not make a decision within the given time period, you have the right of appeal to the Planning Inspectorate who will determine the appeal. Please submit your appeal on the above link and note the following:  there are time limits for lodging an appeal which are as follows:


  • Advertisement appeals must be submitted within 8 weeks.
  • Householder and minor commercial appeals must be submitted within 12 weeks.
  • Other appeals must be lodged within 6 months of the date shown on the planning decision notice.
  • Enforcement appeals must be made before the date the enforcement notice comes into force. Where an enforcement notice is served before or after a decision on a planning application the timescale for appealing the planning decision is reduced to a maximum of 28 days (see planning portal for details).


Appeal Decisions

View Planning Appeal Decisions (15 January 2018)

View Outstanding Appeals (15 January 2018)



For general enquiries or assistance with the website please refer to the How To Guides on www.bedford.gov.uk/searchplans or contact planning@bedford.gov.uk or ring 01234 718068. (All documents are online, hard copies of documents incur a fee).

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