This section of our website has resources that may help you prepare for your hearing. You may also find it useful to look at previous Tribunal decisions on appeals similar to yours or to visit websites that we provide links to.

You and the other party (the VOA or the council) should be aware of each other’s evidence before the hearing, so that there are no surprises on the day. If anything new is raised at the hearing, the case may have to be adjourned to another day. The panel will also expect that the parties have agreed about facts, such as the size of your property, before the hearing.

There are other matters that you should be aware of, set out in the Practice Statements. Please read any from the list that are relevant to you.

Please try to provide as much evidence as possible to support your case.  You will be allowed to:

  • give oral and written evidence
  • present anything that you believe will help your case, such as photographs or plans, and
  • call witnesses

You may find it useful to prepare a written statement, which can be handed to the panel.  The VOA’s or council’s evidence can appear fairly formal but we do not expect you to present your evidence in the same way as them.

It is useful if you can bring four copies of any documents you want to present in evidence (a copy for each of the panel members, the clerk and the VOA or council).  We can share anything else, such as photos and large plans.