Sandown Park appeal inquiry

The appeal inquiry for Sandown Park Racecourse started on Monday 16 November and is due to last until 1 December. The duration is not fixed and will depend on how the evidence emerges.

In view of Government advice regarding COVID-19, the inquiry will be held as a virtual event run in the normal way, but with parties invited to join via Microsoft Teams or telephone. The inspector appointed by the Secretary of State to hear the appeal is Mr D Prentis BA, BPI, MRTPI.

The appeal documents are available. Alternatively, you can view the documents on Rapleys consultancy website

The virtual inquiry is being live-streamed and will be available on the Planning Inspectorate’s YouTube channel

Anyone wishing to view the live stream does not need to pre-register with the Planning Inspectorate. Anyone wishing to participate in the inquiry must make that interest known to the Planning Inspectorate case officer after reading the inquiry attendance information set out below. You should notify the case officer as soon as possible prior to the Inquiry either by email or telephone message. The case officer is Alison Dyson: Tel: 0303 444 5304  Email:

The decision will ultimately be made by the Secretary of State, following a report from the planning inspector conducting the inquiry. The decision on the appeal will be published on the Planning Inspectorate website

Inquiry attendance information   

Before deciding whether to take an active part in the inquiry, you need to think carefully about the points you wish to make.  All written submissions from application and appeal stage will be taken into account by the inspector and re-stating the same points won’t add any additional weight to them. 

If you feel that taking part in the inquiry is right for you in whatever capacity, you can participate in a number of ways: 

To take part using video, participants will need to have access to Microsoft Teams. Alternatively, you can take part by telephone. Please note that joining by telephone to the 020 number that will be used will incur charges. You should check actual rates with your provider.

If you wish to just observe the event, you should make that clear in your response to the case officer. Note that there is no need to pre-register to view the inquiry on YouTube: you only need to contact the case officer if you wish to be present within the Microsoft Teams meeting.

If you wish to take an active part in the proceedings, please make clear in your response to the case officer whether you wish only to appear at the inquiry and make a statement, or whether you would also wish to ask questions on particular topics.   

If you want to take an active part but feel unable to for any reason, and/or the points you want to make are not covered in the evidence of others, consider whether someone else could raise them on your behalf. 

Registered participants in whatever capacity will receive individual joining instructions, providing details of any requirements, guidance and support whether joining by Teams or telephone. You should note that the event will be recorded by the Planning Inspectorate for training and quality assurance purposes.

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