High quality buildings and spaces are achievable through good planning. Appeals should be seen as a last resort but they are an important part of the planning system and appeal decisions can greatly affect the way future applications are devised, negotiated and decided. It is important that community groups are aware that the Planning Inspectorate is stating 'design' more and more when considering decisions. We will update this page so that you can use it in your own campaigning.
We would hope that the more cases that are refused for 'design' will give local authorities more conifdence that they can challenge poor wulaity design schemes that communities can support.