Since 1st April 2015 the Commission has been empowered to make orders as to the costs of the parties in planning and related appeals.
We would like to draw particular attention to paragraph 20 of the guidance, making a claim for costs. To ensure that claims for costs submitted in writing are readily identifiable, they should NOT be incorporated into statements of case or rebuttal statements but should be separate, clearly labelled, documents. A check-list is included in the guidance at Annex 2 clearly setting out the information we require.
Administrative staff are available to deal with queries about procedures, they are unable to comment on the merits of individual appeals or on the likelihood of costs being awarded in particular cases.