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Planning Enforcement and Compliance Performance

We receive thousands of complaints a year that people are doing something without planning permission, or nor complying with the terms of their planning permission. See our Enforcement Page.

We investigate every one and most are resolved without having to resort to formal enforcement action.

The graphs below show

1. The number of such complaints received over the last three years.

2. The number and types of notices served over the last three years.

3. The outcomes from those complaints submitted during 2012/2013.


Court Prosecutions – 2013

Here is a summary of cases where we achieved successful prosecution when legal notices were not complied with.

Premium Halal Meat Poultry Limited, Fallows Road, Sparkbrook

On 7 November 2013 Premium Halal Meat Poultry Ltd entered a plea of guilty to 5 summonses in relation to breaches of the planning regulations, namely operating outside permitted hours and loading and unloading outside the curtilage of the premises. The court fined the company £10,000 and ordered it to pay £7,000 towards the prosecution costs.

Further to the hearing of this case at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 7th November 2013 , the defendant company's appeal against the sentence was heard in the Crown Court on the 17 January 2014. The company were appealing the £10,000 fine imposed by the Magistrates Court in respect of 5 offences. The company were not able to appeal the costs which therefore stand at £7,000.

The Judge and Magistrates heard the arguments of both parties and concluded that the appeal would be allowed in part with the fine overall being reduced from £10,000 to £7,000

38 and 40 Walmley Road

The owner of 38 and 40 Walmley Ash Road, Sutton Coldfield was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs by the Magistrates Court for felling a large mature oak tree which was the subject of a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) located on the front boundary. The City Council continue to pursue a replacement tree in this location at the expense of the owner.

Lyndon Road, Sutton Coldfield

On 8 November 2012 the owner of a property in Lyndon Road, Sutton Coldfield attended court and pleaded guilty to the noncompliance of an Enforcement Notice which required them to replace the two front first floor UPVC windows with timber framed sliding sash windows. The Courts gave the owner a 12 month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay the Councils costs of £1,447.

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Last Updated : 24th January 2014