Know Your Inspector™

Appeal Insight analyses planning appeal decisions to help you predict appeal outcomes

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Appeal Insight makes it easy to see patterns in Planning Inspectorate appeal decisions. Even the most experienced planning consultants can quickly get up to speed on their planning inspector, to help guide a winning strategy.

Inspector search

Simply search for an inspector to access their decision profile

Decision profiles

Visualise an inspector's past decisions over time

Dismissal rates

See the proportion of appeals any inspector has allowed and dismissed

Multiple filters

Analyse decisions by date, development type, local authority, or procedure

Easy to use

Simple graphs, charts and filters provide instant insight

Extensive coverage

Analyse over 110,000 appeal decisions going back to 2014


Access to Appeal Insight costs just £39 per user per year, payable in advance. Sign up and pay securely via debit or credit card below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Appeal Insight. If you have a question that isn't listed, drop us an email and we'll get back to you.

  • What is Appeal Insight?

    Appeal Insight is a simple tool that allows planning consultants to quickly analyse Planning Inspectorate appeal decisions. Specifically, it offers insight into any planning inspector's past decisions, helping to guide future appeals.

  • Access to the full version of Appeal Insight costs just £39 per user per year. This provides access to all data (currently appeals decided between 1 October 2014 and 31 December 2020), and includes any new reports and features that might be added in the future.

  • Of course! You can access a demo version (which only includes data for appeals deciced between 1 October 2015 and 31 December 2016) here:

  • To sign up and pay the annual subscription securely, just go to:

  • We currently use Google Data Studio to analyse the data. The easiest and most secure method of giving subscribers access is using Google's own tools, hence the need for a Google account. Note that you don't need a Gmail account to create a Google Account – you can use a non-Gmail address to create one instead. If you don't already have a Google account, you can create one at:

  • As you may know, the Planning Inspectorate only publishes quarterly updates of its full datasets, usually around 3 months after the end of the data period. We don't (yet) include decisions from the Appeals Casework Portal in our dataset.

  • Appeal Insight was created by Re-Focus Associates Limited, a Norfolk-based technology consultancy. It was developed after the company mounted an appeal against a planning permission refusal and wanted to analyse the planning inspector's past decisions and wanted a better tool than Microsoft Excel!