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Decisions, Reviews and Appeals

Find out about the decision process and how to apply for a review or an appeal.

How a planning application is decided

A target period of two months is set by the Government for decisions on local planning applications; for major planning applications the set period is four months. Whether an application is local or major is controlled by the Scottish Government's hierarchy of developments.

Decisions on planning applications are taken by the Development Management Manager (under powers delegated to him by the council's Scheme of Delegation) or the Development Management Committee. The decision will either grant permission, usually subject to conditions, or refuse permission.

The guidance notes on pdf icon Deciding Local Planning Applications [71kb] and pdf icon Deciding Major Planning Applications [140kb] provide further information on how the council determines planning applications.

How to view a planning application decision online

To find out about a particular planning application, visit the online planning portal, where you will be able to search for the application by the street address or the application number.

By following the guidance below, you can find out what stage planning applications are at and if a decision has been made.

  • From the online Planning site type in the street name or application number you are interested in
  • Search results are displayed, in the status column you will find out if the application is current or has been decided
  • Decision types can be viewed at a glance
  • To view full details on the decisions click Decision 'Whole Doc'.

Reviews and Appeals

Whether an applicant can seek a review or make an appeal depends on the classification of the application and the method by which it was determined:

Reviews - Local Review Body

To request that the decision for your application is reviewed, you must do so in writing, within three months of the date of the decision notice, to the Local Review Body and clearly set out the reasons for the review. You must do this by submitting a Notice of Review. It should be accompanied by copies of the planning application form, all other documents associated with your application, and the decision notice. The request for a review should be addressed to the Local Review Body, Committee Services, West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, West Lothian EH54 6FF.

  • Find out more about the Local Review Body, get forms for your review and view the decisions taken

Appeals - Scottish Government

To appeal against the council's decision on your application, or to challenge one or more of the conditions which are attached to the planning permission, you must appeal in writing within three months (for most applications) of the date of the decision notice. The appeal must be in writing on a form supplied by the Scottish Government, and should clearly set out the reasons for the appeal. It should be accompanied by copies of the planning application form, all other documents associated with your application and the decision notice.

You can submit an appeal online at Scottish Government's e-planning portal or by contacting the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division, 4 The Courtyard, Callendar Business Park, Callendar Road, FALKIRK FK1 1XR.

The decision reached on your appeal will be final, unless an application is made to the Court of Session for a judicial review for legal or procedural reasons.

Non-determination

For local applications, if your application has not been determined within two months, you can seek a review from the Local Review Body. You must do this by submitting a Notice of Review. The appeal should be addressed to the Local Review Body, Committee Services, West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, West Lothian EH54 6FF.

If you have submitted the Notice of Review to the Local Review Body, and it has not made a determination within two months, you have the right of appeal to the Scottish Ministers. Contact the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals, 4 The Courtyard, Callendar Business Park, Callendar Road, FALKIRK FK1 1XR.

For major applications, if your application has not been determined within four months, you can submit an appeal to the Scottish Government.

View appeals and reviews online

Appeals

You can view appeals and reviews online on the Scottish Government Directorate for Planning Appeals (DPEA) website. For ease of use: you have to agree to terms and conditions, then under advanced search select West Lothian from the Planning Authority drop down list

Reviews

Find out the decisions of Local Review Body from the following registers: