Last edited 20 Jan 2021

Planning Inspectorate PINS

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) is an executive agency of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), or the Welsh Government in Wales. It has more than 730 staff and 100 contractors, with offices in Bristol and Cardiff.

The Planning Inspectorate deals with:

Complaints against decisions are dealt with by the Planning Inspectorate’s Quality Assurance Unit.

It is only possible to appeal against decisions of the Planning Inspectorate in the High Court, by showing they have misinterpreted the law. The Planning Inspectorate will then look at the decision again, but it will not necessarily be reversed. Applications to challenge decisions must be received by the Administrative Court within 42 days from the date of the decision.

NB: In Scotland, planning inspectors are called 'reporters'.

On 17 December 2015, Sarah Richards was appointed as the new Chief Executive of The Planning Inspectorate. The Chief Executive is personally responsible for the management of Inspectorate in accordance with the framework document which describes the Inspectorate’s relationship with DCLG. She took up her post on 14 March 2016.

Richards said: “I’m very excited about taking up the role as Chief Executive today and taking the reins of this well respected organisation. Across the wide range of its casework, the Planning Inspectorate is integral to ensuring a swift planning system is in place for all, from individual citizens through to major developers and corporations.”

In March 2019 it was announced that the Planning Inspectorate would run a pilot scheme for inquiries in response to the recommendations of the inquiries review. Ref

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