Search Tips

  1. The search will return documents containing ALL the keywords you put in. For example yummy dwelling will return no documents because no documents contain both the words yummy and dwelling. On the other hand, sustainable dwelling will return all appeals containing these two words, including references like 'sustainable transport' and 'new dwelling'.
  2. To narrow down a search to a specific phrase, put double inverted commas around the phrase. For example, "sustainable development" will only return references to that specific phrase.  The results are often presented with dots between the words, eg. "sustainable... ...development" but don't be put off by this as you will find the appeal documents contain the phrase without any gaps.
  3. Longer phrases can help narrow the search, for example "conflicts with the development plan when read as a whole" will find appeals with that exact phrase.
  4. Inverted commas are a key search tool: for example "previously developed land" will find appeals containing that exact phrase.  The same search without inverted commas will find all appeals mentioning the words land, developed, and previously, for example, land at ugly farm will be developed by a company that previously operated in the local town. Similarly "wind farm" will find documents with the extact phrase wind farm whereas a search for wind farm (no inverted commas) will find Strong Wind Dairy Farm and appeals referring to odours at agricultural developments. 
  5. Ensure correct spelling. For example, "rear conservitory" will  not return any results due to the spelling error.
  6. The search allows interchange of singular/plural words. For example, "wind farm" will find "wind farms" and "sustainable development" will find "sustainable developments". 
  7. If your search does not find the appeal you were looking for, consider variations the Inspector may have used, for example "brownfield land" instead of "previously developed land".
  8. Use the minus sign (-) to remove documents containing a particular word. e.g.  windfarm -offshore will find windfarms, but exclude documents containing the word "offshore".  Be aware that an onshore windfarm development may legitmately mention an offshore windfarm nearby and thus be excluded from the results.
  9. A maximum of 150 documents will be returned.  There is no paging of results. The filters will help you narrow down searches, and you can add more relevant words to the search.