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Planning Permission Appeals: Rule Reinforced That Only Applicants Can Pursue an Appeal

Planning Update June 2024

The decision made by planning inspector that an appeal was not properly made was quashed in Taytime Ltd v Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities & Ors.

Planning Partners, Chrisa Tsompani and Stephanie Hall explain:

Complexities aside, the decision reinforces the statutory position in s78(1) TCPA that only the applicant for planning permission may pursue an appeal. This situation may arise where a developer has gone into insolvency, or a site has been sold speculatively before planning is obtained, and the case is a useful reminder of the position to take in those circumstances.

An appeal was made by a company which subsequently went into liquidation before the conclusion of the inquiry. The appeal was dismissed on the basis that the appeal had not been properly made. The decision was challenged and a complex discussion of agency and liquidation followed.

Read the full case report here.

Chrisa Tsompani is a Planning Partner at Davitt Jones Bould. She is highly experienced in complex planning and environmental issues, having advised on planning and highway agreements, Biodiversity Net Gain, development control, enforcement, planning policy, s106 and s111 agreements as well as compulsory purchase orders to name a few.   

Stephanie Hall (Partner)

Stephanie is a specialist Planning Solicitor. She has been ranked in the Legal 500 both in 2023 and 2024, with clients describing her as ‘’practical, commercially minded, approachable and clear in her advice’’. Whilst working at Manchester City Council, she was twice recognised as one of the top 10 local authority planning lawyers in Planning Magazine’s annual survey.



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