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Get evidence to appeal a planning permission decision today. It's fast and completely free.

Send a subject access request to your local authority today to gather evidence. Use it to appeal via the guidance below.

Why should I get evidence to appeal a planning decision?

You should gather evidence to give your appeal the best chance of getting the decision reversed.

If you send a subject access request to your local authority, they have to give you information about why your planning application was denied.

This is because your entitled to all of the personal data that the local council has stored about you. You can then use this to point out mistakes made in the decision, and increase your chances of a successful appeal.

What's that?

A Subject Access Request, or ‘SAR’ is a written request that you send to a company asking to see your personal data.

How do I send a subject access request (SAR)?

The easiest way to find out what information was used in the planning decision is by sending a request to your local authority through Rightly.


  1. Choose your local council to ask what information they have
  2. Enter your basic details so that they can identify you
  3. Check your email to send your request

How long until they respond to my request?

After the council has received your request, they have to reply in full within 30 days, or give a valid reason for asking for an extension. If this happens, our support team is here to help!

What if they don't reply?

The council has to respond to your request by law, thanks to your 'right of access' under GDPR law. This counts as your personal data, and you can ask any organisation if they have your personal data. They have to tell you what they have, as well as how and why they are using it.

How do I use my evidence to make an appeal?

If you want to appeal, you’ll need to send your local authority copies of:

  • your original application
  • the site ownership certificate
  • the local planning authority’s decision notice
  • all plans, drawings and documents you sent to the local planning authority
  • You’ll also need to submit:
  • a map of the surrounding area
  • any other documents that directly support your appeal, for example your full statement of case

There are thousands of appeals made every month – and this hasn’t slowed down during Covid-19. The Planning Inspectorate has closed 3,424 between 17h March 2020 and 22nd June 2020, so you can rest assured your planning appeal will still get looked at during Covid-19.

You can strengthen your appeal by sending a subject access request to your local authority.

How long do I have to make an appeal?

The deadline for appealing a planning decision is 12 weeks from the date of the decision notice. You should have a letter from your local planning authority that sets out all the relevant deadlines.

If work has already been carried out without consent, the deadline is different. You’ll have 28 days to appeal.

How do I find out who the landowner is?

If you’re making a planning appeal, you’ll need to know who the landowner is. A subject access request won’t tell you who owns a property in the UK, because that isn't your personal data.

Instead, the best way to find out who owns a property is with the UK’s Find property information (FPI) service.

There’s a small charge for using this service, but it’ll tell you the registered owner of most UK properties.

Why Rightly?

We’re free because our mission is to make data fairer, for everyone.

We don't use consumer data for commercial purposes, which means we'll never, ever sell your data. It also means that there are no adverts or hidden costs.

Keeping your data safe