Planning appeals - Overview

You can appeal if:

  • you do not agree with the decision or conditions imposed
  • a decision has not issued within the relevant timescale
  • you have been served an enforcement notice

Submit an appeal

All planning appeals must be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate, a government body which deals with:

  • planning appeals
  • national infrastructure planning applications
  • examinations of local plans
  • other planning-related and specialist casework

Go to the Planning Inspectorate to:

  • submit an appeal
  • comment on an appeal
  • get advice on planning appeals
  • find out more about the appeal processes, types and commenting

Find and view appeals

To find and view appeals and documents go to our our Search Plans page. This includes information on appeals and the planning applications or enforcement notices they relate to, or to carry out general searches (such as looking for appeals of a certain type, within a time frame etc).

To search by 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 2 (PDF).

To search by Reference number(s) or for general searches:

  • View and comment on planning applications, which opens a search screen. For appeals, click on the appeals box option above the words Reference Numbers, 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 or make a note of the reference numbers. 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 the appeal. How to Guide 1 provides assistance.
  • The Planning Inspectorate Reference is on the start date letter.
  • (For historic applications before 1995 please refer to How to Guide 3)

Appeal decisions

See the latest appeals relating to Bedford Borough:

For general enquiries or help with the website please see the How To Guides or contact or phone 01234 718068.

(All documents are online, hard copies of documents incur a fee).

Accessibility requirements

We aim to give equal access to everyone and will make reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of disabled members of the public who wish to attend any meeting.

There is lift access to all meeting rooms, and there is an induction loop facility in the Council Chamber and a portable induction loop system is available for other meeting rooms.

 If sufficient notice is given, we may be able to arrange British Sign Language interpretation or preferred method of communication.

Please contact the Council's Access Officer on 01234 718565 or textphone 01234 718828 if you have any concerns regarding access and facilities.