Your chances are greatly improved when using a professional to submit your planning appeal.
As part of our initial review process, we undertake research into the refusal reasons including planning policies. We will investigate whether there are any merits in amending the proposals to facilitate planning approval either by resubmission or by appeal.
Over 8,000 planning appeals (not including enforcement, advertisement appeal etc) were successfully allowed over the last two years (statistics provided by the Planning Inspectorate). These figures do not include all the appeals that have confirmed some parts of the proposals were satisfactory (the principle/ the use etc) even if the whole appeal wasn’t allowed. These figures are significantly and proportionally reduced due to the significant reduction in the number of appeals submitted in the last two years compared to previous years (for example there were almost twice as many appeals submitted in the year 2008/ 2009 as 2010/2011).
The % of planning appeals allowed also varies greatly between different local authorities, proving that planning departments are not always interpreting planning policies consistently again illustrating the benefit of using a national company to undertake your appeal.
Recent Statistics released by the Planning Inspectorate show an 9% increase in successful planning appeals in the last 3 months. For new build houses the figure is 16% higher over the last 3 months (to Dec 2011)