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Planning Enforcement is the process by which we investigate and resolve complaints about development taking place without planning permission.
We also investigate properties being used for business and other uses, where permission has not been received, or if development is taking place without complying with conditions attached to a planning application.
These are collectively known as ‘Breaches of Planning Control’.
The enforcement of planning law is particularly complex. It needs to strike a balance between
- the rights of individuals to use or alter their property in the way they wish;
- the need to safeguard the character and quality of neighbourhoods; and
- to uphold the planning policies for the local area in such a way as to protect the public interest.
In all cases, we have to assess what harm is being caused as a result of any breach and how the situation could be remedied without formal legal action. Although we can, and do, take formal legal action against unauthorised development, we are advised to do so only as a last resort. The majority of cases are resolved through negotiation. We are sometimes also informed of matters that ultimately may not be in the broader public interest to investigate further, or that do not need planning permission.
The guide at the bottom of the page explains how we investigate a planning enforcement complaint and the process of formal action.