If your planning permission is refused, you have the right to appeal against the council's decision. Scientific Designs can provide professional advice and guide you through the planning appeal process. An independent government body called the Planning Inspectorate deals with planning application appeals. The Planning Inspectorate is independent of your local Borough Council and can disregard their planning policies, overturn a local planning permission refusal, and grant planning permission Submission of Planning Appeals Most planning appeals are handled under the written representation procedure. This requires that the person appealing submits a statement detailing their arguments against the council's reasons for refusing. Appeal statement usually includes the following: An analysis of relevant Local, Regional, and National planning policies and an assessment of how they can be applied in support of the grant of planning permission. References to examples of buildings in the local area that have been granted planning permission for similar proposals. The inspectorate generally takes four to six months to decide a written representation planning appeal. Written representation planning appeals are recommended for most developments that are not highly complex. Lawful Development Certificates Some developments don't require planning permission. For example, they may fall under permitted development rights. A Lawful Development Certificate can provide useful formal confirmation that this is the case and the proposed development is lawful.