Three is a crowd — third-party appeals against planning

Decisions to grant planning permission are often controversial. Disputes arise not only between the minister for planning and the environment and the applicant for planning permission, but also with third parties affected by planning decisions. Recent cases in the Royal Court of Jersey have concerned appeals by neighbours of decisions by the minister to grant planning permission for development. Property owners and those affected by planning decisions need to be aware of their legal rights concerning them.

Third-party planning appeals (TPAs) in Jersey are subject to the Planning and Building (Jersey) Law 2002. A TPA can only be brought against property for which planning permission has been granted if the third party meets the following conditions: they previously submitted comments on the planning application prior to the decision; they live, or have a legal interest in land that is, within 50m of the site; and they serve on the minister a notice of appeal within 14 days of being served with notice of the decision to grant planning permission in accordance with the rules…

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