Planning Enforcement

Planning Enforcement Update

Planning Enforcement Update - published 3rd November 2017

Planning Enforcement

Planning Enforcement can only be considered when the building work or change of use involved, is unacceptable and requires planning permission. An initial investigation by an enforcement officer will seek to determine this.

Certain types of building works or changes of use are defined as 'permitted development' meaning that an application for planning permission is not required. Whether or not planning permission is required depends on several factors and some of these are detailed in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995. Help for householders in understanding 'permitted development' can be found on the Planning Portal website.

When development takes place without permission the Council has a full range of enforcement powers available to it to establish whether a breach of planning control has taken place, what harm is caused as a result of the breach and how to remedy the situation.


Local Enforcement Plan 

The plan sets out how the Development Control team will monitor development and investigate alleged breaches and contraventions in planning control. View our Local Enforcement Plan.


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