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Planning Inspectorate Appeals


Greendale Property Limited have lodged two separate appeals with the Planning Inspectorate (PINS). The first relates to the non-determination by Southwark Council for their initial planning application 16/AP/1232. The council are supposed to make a decision about large planning applications within a certain timescale, and this is long overdue, hence the appeal.

The second appeal is in relation to the council’s rejection of their application to remove some S106 clauses and restrictive covenants regarding the current stadium and astro turf: 16/AP/4051.

** UPDATE ** Documents for these appeals are being uploaded to Southwark’s website. The format they are in does not make it easy to read and so we have collated the pages and are uploading them to a new page on our website called “Documents for Planning Inspectorate Appeals


Apparently the council have been in discussions with the property developers about various aspects of their original application. These appeals now take the matter out of the hands of Southwark Council and one assumes that any discussions about the applications have now ended. The decision about both applications is now with PINS. It is likely that the Southwark Planning Committee will meet to decide what their decision *would have been* had the appeals not been lodged. This could include an opportunity for people in favour and in opposition of the applications to state their cases for the usual 3 minutes. The belated decision by the council will then go forward as evidence to PINS.

PINS have written to Southwark Council and told them that the appeals will take the form of an Inquiry, which it states is “the most formal of the procedures” (see page 5 of Procedural Guide to Planning Appeals in England ). They say that this will take longer than 3 days and it should be open to the public.

** UPDATE ** The appeals will be held at the council offices in Tooley St on 12th December 2017 at 10am for a maximum of 8 days. The inspector has been named as David Prentis.


All of the previous comments about the applications that were sent to Southwark will now be passed on to PINS who will take them into consideration. However, it  is possible to amend or add to your comments. Any comments must be sent in by 7th March 2017.

The Friends of Green Dale have written some notes on how to comment.

The easiest way to send a comment is via the website:

  1. To comment on the original planning application 16/AP/1232 to build on Green Dale and DHFC stadium go to this website and click the “make representation” button at the top:
  2. To comment on the appeal against the decision to disallow changes to the restrictive covenants on the land (16/AP/4051) please go to this page and click the “make representation” button at the top:

You can also send comments  by writing to PINS directly and quoting the Planning Inspectorate Reference for each case:

The Planning Inspectorate
3/10B Eagle Wing, Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Temple Quay
Bristol BS1 6PN

  1. The Planning Inspectorate Reference for planning application 16/AP/1232 is APP/A5840/W/16/3164823
  2. The Planning Inspectorate Reference for planning application 16/AP/4051 is APP/A5840/Q/16/3166766

If you want the Planning Inspectorate to acknowledge receipt of your comments you must ask them to do so. Similarly if you want to receive a copy of the Planning Inspectorate’s decision on the appeal you must ask them to send you one.

The case officer for both appeals is Leanne Palmer

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As with everything to do with planning, the appeals process is laden with procedure. Here are some resources to help you understand the process better: