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. If the application was decided by councillors, then the appeal is made to Scottish Ministers.
COVID-19 restrictions initially resulted in limited opportunities for Local Review Bodies to meet which may have impacted on the number of appeals processed.
Local Review Bodies dealt with 442 cases in 2020/21, of which 62.9% had the original decision upheld. In the previous year 65.4% (of 506 cases) had the original decision upheld.
In addition, 49.8% of 229 delegated appeals to Scottish Ministers in 2020/21 had the original decision upheld. This compares with 61.0% (of 267 cases) for 2019/20.