Planning appeals — challenging decisions

For many people, the submission of a planning application can be the start of a tumultuous time, both financially and emotionally. It can commence years of resentment between two neighbours or act as a catalyst to bring a community together on a common cause.

Regardless of how it is initiated, dealing with applications for development close to home as applicant or objector can cause considerable stress and frustration, more frequently than not over extended periods of time.

When the decision is finally made, it is common to hear participants complaining of inadequacies in the process, feeling that their key concerns have been overlooked or disregarded entirely, or that the decision maker has misunderstood a critical piece of technical evidence…

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