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Planning Decisions

What happens when you receive a planning decision and how to appeal


Once you have your decision, you need to check if it is granted or refused.

If your application is granted

You need to check the conditions on it, which will detail how long you have to start the works (usually 3 years) and what you must comply with. Some conditions set out that you must submit further details to us before you start the works (such as providing brick and tile details) - this is known as 'discharging the condition.' Some conditions are to be complied with for life (such as glazing in bathroom windows must remain as obscured).

To discharge your condition, you must apply to Fenland District Council by completing the correct form and providing the details required to discharge the condition. The forms can be found with our Planning Forms under the heading of 'Applications relating to conditions on Planning Permission'. It takes approximately 8 weeks for this process; however it can take longer so please ensure you submit your details as soon as you can.

If your application is refused

The reasons why will be explained on the decision notice. You can speak to the Planning Officer if you are unsure what they mean.

Appealing against a planning decision

In certain circumstances, the applicant has the right to make an appeal against the Council's decision to:

  • refuse planning permission
  • grant planning permission subject to condition/s to which the applicant objects
  • issue a decision within the statutory period

Only the person who made the application for planning permission can appeal. There is no right of appeal for interested people or organisations known as third parties.

The back of your decision notice will tell you how long you have to make an appeal. The timescale will differ depending on what the application is for, and can be up to six months after the decision date. You do not have to pay to make a planning appeal, but may incur some expenses (for example, if you use an agent.) The time and money it takes depends on how complicated the appeal is.

The Planning Inspectorate deals with planning appeals, and their information can also be found on the back of your decision notice. You can find further advice on appeals by visiting the Planning Inspectorate website How to appeal a planning decision