In cases where neither the applicant nor the planning authority requests 'the right to be heard', that is, the right to present their evidence orally, the appeal is handled through written representations.
The 'start date' of the appeal is the date that the Secretary of State receives the request to appeal from the applicant.
Within five days, the local authority must notify everyone who submitted representations on the original planning application.
The local authority is required to complete a standard questionnaire about the case, and return it to the Planning Inspectorate and the appellant of the start date.
As a member of the public, you have a right to make a written representation of your case for the inspector's consideration.
Organise your evidence carefully, and send your representation to the Planning Inspectorate.
You should also attend the inspector's site visit if there is one.
Both the applicant and the local authority will be represented, and objectors are invited to attend.