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Have your say on new planning enforcement plan

Residents can have their say on a new plan setting out how Malvern Hills District Council will deal with breaches of planning law.

The draft Local Enforcement Plan is currently undergoing a six week public consultation. It sets out what is considered a breach of planning law, the powers available to the council to deal with them and how complaints will be dealt with.

The plan has been produced in response to the publication of the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework which recommends councils produce an enforcement plan to help maintain public confidence in the planning system.

Breaches of planning law range from failing to comply with a planning condition relating to the granting of planning permission, to unauthorised demolition and removing a hedgerow without permission.

The council bases its investigations on four levels of severity ranging from a breach that causes no significant harm to properties, to one which causes severe harm or is irreversible. In every case of a planning breach the council’s power to enforce is discretionary and the circumstances of each case will be considered before deciding what action to take.

Cllr Melanie Baker, Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, said: “Providing an effective planning enforcement service is crucial to maintaining the integrity of the planning system and the service we provide. We are committed to dealing with those who flout planning laws and will investigate all alleged breaches and take the appropriate action.”

The plan is available to view on the council’s website by visiting www.malvernhills.gov.uk/public-notices and the consultation closes on Sunday 12 June 2016.

Residents can make their views known by emailing planningenforcement@malvernhills.gov.uk or by writing to Planning  Enforcement Team, Malvern Hills District Council, Council House, Avenue Road, Malvern WR14 3AF. Only views submitted before the closing date will be considered.