Supporting Parish Councils and Residents Groups in Planning Appeals


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Supporting Parish Councils and Residents Groups in Planning Appeals

A common problem we face when dealing with Local Planning Authorities (LPA’s) is a lack of resourcing. Which is a worrying trend when considering that LPA’s are the ones defending refused planning decisions at appeal, and are often up against applicants with much better resourced project teams. There is often this unbalance in the appeal process.

How can ET Planning help?

Our team at ET Planning are highly experienced in providing evidence at both public inquiries and hearings. You can find out the difference between the two procedures here:

  • We can add value to the Council’s case by identifying a planning strategy which is likely to be well received by the Planning Inspectorate.
  • We would look to supplement the Council’s planning case, or in some cases, provide inputs to procedural matters.

Please contact Holly Goulding in our Strategic Team at should you need further advice or call our Head Office on 01344 508048.


How can we maximise your chance of success at appeal?

ET Planning can support Parish Councils and Residents Groups to produce a written statement to form the basis of your representations to the appeal. Our Strategic Team can produce an Appeal Statement which will set out relevant Development Plan and other policy considerations relevant to your planning appeal, including a review of material considerations to draw conclusions which support the Council’s Decision Notice and reinforce your objections to the development. We will also apply to provide oral evidence at the inquiry or hearing itself, to make your case verbally in front of the Inspector.


What’s our track record?

Case Study 1 – Public Inquiry relating to the redevelopment of Maidenhead Office Park for a logistics park in Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Appeal ref: APP/H1705/W/23/3327082 (Application ref: 22/03270/OUT). We represented Fiennes Park and Woolley Hall Residents Groups on this highly contentious Green Belt site. As well as a Planning Appeal Statement, we produced an Economic Benefits Appraisal, Tall Buildings Assessment and Landscape & Visual Critique, and represented the groups at the inquiry.

“Once again I would like to express our sincere thanks for all of your help and support throughout this process. The fact that you were able to get started at such short notice and organise all the related parties is greatly appreciated.”

Robert Walker of Fiennes Park Residents Association.


Case Study 2 – Appeal hearing relating to the provision of 26 dwellings at Land at Cranesfield, Sherborne St John in Basingstoke & Deane Borough Appeal ref:  APP/H1705/W/23/3327082 (application ref: 22/01669/OUT). We represented Sherborne St John Parish Council, making representations on the planning case, including the relevance of landscape and heritage harms in light of the LPA’s lack of housing land supply. Despite the lack of supply, ET Planning were able to put forward a coherent case which led to the success of the appeal

“This is excellent news – our thanks to your Strategic Team – ET Planning played a blinder”

Chairman of Sherborne St John Parish Council


Case Study 3 – Public Inquiry relating to the provision of a retirement village of up to 133 units and 73 assisted living units at Little Sparrow, Sonning Common in South Oxfordshire District – Appeal Ref: APP/Q3115/W/20/3265861 (Application ref: P19/S4576/O). We represented Sonning Common Parish Council (as a Rule 6 Party to the inquiry) on this highly contentious site in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, providing evidence relating to need, planning impacts and an overall planning balance.


To discuss how ET Planning can support you please contact ET Planning today!

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