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Planning decisions and appeals

Find out how we make decisions and how to appeal if your planning application is refused or if you disagree with conditions that are imposed.

How are planning applications decided?

The majority of applications are decided by our planning officers although some larger scale ones are decided by one of our Planning Committees, details on this page.

The committee gets a recommendation from the office on whether to approve or refuse an application but will also take evidence from interested parties before voting on the decision.

If permission is granted a decision notice will outline any additional conditions which must be met. If permission is refused, we'll state our reasons why in the notice.

Latest planning decisions

Use the County Durham planning application system to search for planning application decisions, appeals and enforcements online by keyword, application reference, postcode or by a single line of an address.

Read the Durham planning system user guide (PDF, 791kb) if you need any help in using the system.

Appeals - what if you don't agree with the decision?

Only the applicant can appeal a decision.

If planning permission is refused, applicants have a right of appeal to the Planning Inspectorate: appeal service. The appeal deadline varies depending on the type of project.  

Before you make an appeal, the Planning Inspectorate recommend that you talk to us. If changes could be made to a proposal, it's better to resubmit an application, rather than appeal. 

Find out more about the process in the planning appeals - procedural guide.