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Wales' specialist
Planning Appeal Consultants

Nation's personalised one stop planning appeal services

Bespoke services

services

Throughout Wales, as a planning agent, MAPlanning specialises in a range of planning appeals services focusing on creating intelligent, practical and rapid solutions for clients. The consultancy's concept is to provide bespoke planning appeal services to support client's ambition in their pursue to develop. Clients can vary from landowners, builders and consultants to developers.

The aim is to provide comprehensive specialist planning expertise for clients who require a support any small to medium retail schemes in welsh towns, cities and villages, including Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth, Pwllheli, Bangor, but even places such as Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn.

Planning Appeal Services

At the moment, MAPlanning provides the following planning appeal services. Please get in touch with us should you have any queries regarding the services we provide.

Home Owner Appeals

householder appeals

The applicant always has a right to appeal following the receipt of a refusal. A householder appeal has to be instigated within 12 weeks of the formal refusal, which means we need to work quickly. This is the time to present our case to the inspectorate providing evidence, additional information and justification to give sufficient weight to overturn the Council’s planning decision.

Written Representation Appeals

planning appeals

This is the quickest method and is used for some seventy five percent of appeals. An appeal must normally be submitted within six months of the decision notice being issued. The Planning Inspectorate appoints an Inspector to hear the appeal and sets a start date. Supporting information is submitted by the Local Planning Authority, the appellant and any interested parties. The Local Planning Authority and the appellant may view each others information, but there is no opportunity for cross examination. The Inspector then carries out a site visit. A regulatory timetable requires all information to be submitted within nine weeks of the start date.

Planning Enforcement Appeals

enforcement appeals

On occasions, development takes place which does not have the benefit of planning permission, or there is considered to be some other breach of planning control. This may result in a Local Planning Authority either threatening or actually taking Enforcement Action against a development. At MAPlanning we are very experienced in all aspects of enforcement work and would undertake the following courses of action on your behalf.

Appeal Representations

third party representations

On occasions, development takes place which does not have the benefit of planning permission, or there is considered to be some other breach of planning control. This may result in a Local Planning Authority either threatening or actually taking Enforcement Action against a development. At MAPlanning we are very experienced in all aspects of enforcement work and would undertake the following courses of action on your behalf.

What is a planning appeal?

Where an application has been rejected by a Local Planning Authority, the applicant has the right of appeal to the Secretary of State. In practice, the normal procedure is for the appeal to be decided by a planning inspector in the name of the Secretary of State, either after considering written representations, holding an informal hearing or holding a full inquiry. The choice of procedure will depend upon the complexity of the case and will be determined by the planning inspector. The Secretary of State also has powers to “recover” an appeal, to take the decision himself.

When can you appeal

Applicants may appeal on a range of grounds. These include where the Local Planning Authority has:

  • Refused planning permission;
  • Granted planning permission but imposed conditions;
  • Been unable to decide an application within the time allowed; and
  • Asked for further information before an outline planning application could be decided.

At the moment, MAPlanning provides planning appeal services for home owner and written representation procedure appeals only. Please get in touch if you wish to enquire regarding other appeal procedures.

Is there a right of appeal against enforcement action?

There is a right of appeal against an Enforcement Notice, but not against a Breach of Condition Notice or a Stop Notice An appeal against a notice may be made to the Welsh Government during the 28 day period before it comes into effect. The grounds for appeal include that planning permission ought to be granted for the activities cited in the enforcement notice or that the implied breach of planning control has not taken place.

What is the Planning Inspectorate?

The Planning Inspectorate is an Executive Agency of both the UK Government and the Welsh Government. The inspectorate as it operates in Wales is effectively a branch of the Executive Agency as a whole. There is an agreement between the Welsh and UK Governments on the inspectorate’s work programme. In Wales the Planning Inspectorate duties include responsibility for the processing of planning and enforcement appeals, holding public examinations into Local Development Plans and reporting on planning applications called in for decision by the Welsh Ministers. It also now considers certain National Significant Infrastructure Projects in Wales.

Our fees

MAPlanning provides planning appeal services for fees arranged on three tiers which are an approximate reflection of the level of workload required to undertake the required level of work.

Brief Services - £495.00 + VAT

This will provide valuable advice by guiding you through an overview of the most appropriate route forward as well as likely costs and timeframes involved. This will enable you to make an informed decision by highlighting the potential risks. This will also include a summary supporting statement which will highlight the key policies and address the main issues.

  • Guidance and advice prior to the appeal submission
  • Preparation of a brief supporting statement

Intermediate Services - £995.00 + VAT

This will provide the services as highlighted above and will also include a more comprehensive overview of the best route forward while setting out the steps you can take to increase your chances of successfully overturning decisions. Additionally, this will include a supporting statement addressing the relevant concerns making reference to the appropriate planning policies.

  • Guidance and advice prior to the appeal submission
  • Preparation of a supporting statement
  • Submission of the appeal case
  • Managing the appeal case throughout the appeal process
  • Continuous guidance and advice throughout the appeal process
  • Liaison with any relevant third parties
  • Preparing of Final Comments, should this be the case
  • Providing feedback subsequent to the determination of the appeal

Comprehensive Services - £1,495.00 + VAT

This will provide extensive advice and guidance from prior to the submission of the appeal and up to the issuing of the appeal decision. Preparation and presentation of evidence to support your appeal case which, besides a detailed supporting statement, could include other assessments, reports or surveys which will address key concerns to allow for a more robust argument to be made to ensure that the best case is put forward so as to increase the difficultness for the inspector to make an unfavourable decision.

  • Guidance and advice prior to the appeal submission
  • Preparation of a comprehensive supporting statement
  • Preparation of any relevant additional surveys, assessments or reports
  • Submission of the appeal case
  • Managing the appeal case throughout the appeal process
  • Continuous guidance and advice throughout the appeal process
  • Liaison with any relevant third parties
  • Preparing of Final Comments, should this be the case
  • Providing feedback subsequent to the determination of the appeal

No-win-no-fee Appeal Services

In some instances, MAplanning provides planning appeal services on a 'no-win-no-fee' basis. This is dependent on the decision notice, delegated report or any site-specific constraints. Please get in touch with us to find out whether your appeal qualifies for this option.

  • Guidance and advice prior to the appeal submission
  • Preparation of a comprehensive supporting statement
  • Preparation of any relevant additional surveys, assessments or reports
  • Submission of the appeal case
  • Managing the appeal case throughout the appeal process
  • Continuous guidance and advice throughout the appeal process
  • Liaison with any relevant third parties
  • Preparing of Final Comments, should this be the case
  • Providing feedback subsequent to the determination of the appeal
  • No, or low upfront costs. The fees payable upon a favourable decision.

About the consultancy


Mark-Alexander graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Planning from Birmingham City University and continued his education at Newcastle University with a Masters Degree in International Spatial Strategy. He is currently working for a Planning Consultancy in Norwich where he has contributed to many planning applications, appeals appraisals and much more. Using his unique professional skills. He has worked for a number of retail cases within the UK including Sheffield, Norwich and Thanet.

Currently a licentiate member of the RTPI (Royal Town and Planning Institute), Mark Alexander is a strong planner and problem solver who readily adapts to change, works independently and exceeds expectations. He is able to juggle multiple priorities and meet tight deadlines without compromising quality.

With this hands-on approach, he is now providing independent, personalised and accessible services to small and medium appeal cases throughout Wales.