We provide a wide range of services covering all planning and highway related matters, including: planning objections, planning applications, planning appeals, the Local Plan process, Enforcement matters, and advising on Permitted Development Rights. 

Appealing against a planning decision

IOP Consulting are here to assist you if you have been refused planning permission. IOP Consulting will give commercially astute advice on any decision and will provide you with a strategy for the way forward.

In the event that a planning appeal is deemed appropriate (and please note there are other avenues to explore) it is imperative that the appeal is presented in the best possible way and IOP Consulting will ensure that this is the case.

Planning decisions are made against the statutory test set out in section 38 of the Planning and Compulsory Act 2004. Section 38(6) provides that applications for planning permission must be determined in accordance with the Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

It is imperative that any appeal to the Planning Inspectorate is made with this principle at the forefront. There are many legal cases demonstrating how important this statutory test is. Therefore, IOP Consulting will establish your grounds of appeal against this test.

If you have been refused planning permission IOP Consulting are here to help.

Therefore, call now to discuss how IOP Consulting can help you move your development forward.

When dealing with an appeal time is of the essence and as such please do not delay in calling and we will aim to have initial advice ready for you within 48hours of our first discussion.


IOP Consulting is a Planning Law firm run by Charlotte McKay who is an independent Planning Lawyer. IOP Consulting is based in West Yorkshire however we advise clients across England.

IOP Consulting provides a wide range of services covering all planning and highway related matters. In particular we provide assistance with: planning objections; planning applications; planning appeals; the Local Plan process; Enforcement matters; and advising on Permitted Development Rights.

  • Are you wanting to object to an application for planning permission which has been submitted?
  • Are you wanting to comment on a site which is being allocated through the LDF/Local Plan process?
  • Are you wanting to apply for planning permission?
  • Have you had planning permission refused and want advice on appealing such a refusal?
  • Have you been served with an Enforcement Notice?
  • Are you wanting to explore how you can maximise the value and potential of your property without requiring planning permission using Permitted Development Rights?
  • Are you wanting to explore the possibility of getting your site allocated or advice on its development potential?
  • Are you simply wanting some advice on any element of planning?
  • Are you looking at revisiting an existing permission which is no longer viable?
  • Are you looking to establish a lawful use through a Lawful Development Certificate?
  • Are you a law firm or a Local Authority who requires assistance? 
  • Are you an architect who requires planning advice?

If the answer to any of these questions is “YES” then IOP Consulting is here to help.

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I am Charlotte McKay an Independent Planning Lawyer based in West Yorkshire. I established IOP Consulting with the aim of delivering commercially astute professional planning advice.

I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, whose members are independently regulated by CILEx Regulation. You can therefore rest assured that the service you will receive from IOP Consulting will meet high professional standards.

I have been a planning lawyer for the past 12 years. During my career I have worked for local authorities and in private practice, including working for a top tier international law firm and a well regarded niche Planning Law firm. This means that I am able to bring to the table a wealth of experience from all perspectives.

I pride myself on providing expertise in relation to the often complex planning system in a commonsense and commercially astute manner. I also pride myself on my excellent client care skills and timely service.

  • After moving to our new home in the summer of 2016, we contacted IOP Consulting to get advice on planning permission for a new extension. However, our new home is very old and Charlotte explained that we would not be allowed under current planning legislation, no matter we proposed. She was candid, professional and acted with the utmost integrity. Charlotte saved us huge amounts of time and money. I can not recommend IOP highly enough. “

    Caroline Stevens
    Denby Dale, near Huddersfield


If you want to find out more information or want to discuss how we can help you, please contact us using the details below. 


+44 (0) 1274 062082