8 Can anybody participate in an appeal?
The opportunities for people other than the appellant and the council to participate will depend on the type of appeal and the procedures being followed. People will have already been able to get involved much earlier, by being able to influence the council's decision (or other actions) being appealed. So this very late stage is not the best time to start making views known. Anyone who has already written to the council on an application will have their comments passed on to the reporter (by the council) to be considered in a subsequent appeal. They will also be informed if and when an appeal is made, will have the chance to give further comments to the reporter and might also be invited to join in any further appeal procedures. There will normally be a timetable, setting a firm deadline for people to provide their comments. Their comments will also be made available to the appellant and the council, and will be published on DPEA's online appeal case file (see section 10 of this guide).