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Planning Permission: Appeals

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what financial assistance from the public purse is available to individuals who wish to challenge planning decisions. (221657)

There is no financial assistance from the public purse available to individuals wishing to appeal against planning decisions to the Secretary of State or third parties wishing to put forward representations in relation to these appeals. In these cases, parties are expected to meet their own costs.

Although it does not provide financial assistance, Planning Aid offers free, independent planning advice to individuals and community groups (including small charities, voluntary groups and tenants' organisations).

Individuals who wish to challenge planning decisions in the courts may be able to receive financial assistance from Legal Aid, if they are eligible to do so.