The largest and most complex cases will be decided using the local inquiry procedure. This route allows for full discussion of the case including evidence from witnesses and full cross examination.
The inquiry procedure is the most formal route of appeal and has some similarities to a court of law. The very public nature of a local inquiry means that it is often the route of choice where development is more controversial and has lots of public opposition.
Costs awards are available for appeals using the inquiry procedure, as with any other type of appeal. However, it is important to remember that costs are only awarded in planning appeals for unreasonable behaviour. These can be against either party. For further information in respect of costs awards, please see our FAQs section.
Take a look at our timeline on inquiries for more details regarding the timeframes of your appeal.
Please note: these timescales can be revised by the Planning Inspectorate and much depends on the complexity of the issues involved and the route of appeal chosen. We will provide further advice on the route of appeal once instructed as each case is different.