8. Appeals and Local Reviews
If an applicant does not agree with the decision of a planning authority then they can ask for a review or appeal of the decision. They can also ask for a review or appeal if the authority doesn't make a decision within the time period set by law.
If the application was decided by a planning officer on behalf of the authority, then the decision is reviewed by the Local Review Body, which is a group of three or more elected councillors. If the application was decided by councillors, then the appeal is made to Scottish Ministers.
Local Review Bodies dealt with 505 cases in 2019/20, of which 65.3% had the original decision upheld. In the previous year 59.9% (of 583 cases) had the original decision upheld.
In addition, 61.0% of 267 delegated appeals to Scottish Ministers in 2019/20 had the original decision upheld. This compares with 52.6% (of 333 cases) for 2018/19.