A Guide to Planning Enforcement
Breaches of Planning Control
of the planning rules are brought to our attention by neighbours or
as we monitor development in progress. There is a procedure
established for investigating such complaints. If you wish us to
investigate an apparent breach of control, please contact us and
set out the circumstances.
- Allegations that development has been carried out without
planning permission will be recorded individually. We will
acknowledge any complaint made in writing within three working days
of receiving it and the complainant will be given the name of the
officer dealing with the case.
- Investigation will begin as soon as possible although priority
will be given to those alleged breaches, such as unauthorised
building works or alterations to a Listed Building which need to be
dealt with quickly before work becomes too advanced.
- Where it is clear that a breach of planning control has taken
place, but that the unauthorised work is not considered to be too
harmful, we may invite a retrospective planning application. This
has the advantage of allowing us to get full details of the work
that has taken place and consult neighbours before making a
decision. It is also in line with Government advice. It may be
possible to make amendments or impose conditions, which overcome
the concerns of neighbours. Once an application has been submitted
it will be treated on its merits like any other application.
- If an application is not submitted, we will decide whether or
not to take formal enforcement action. If, for instance, the
unauthorised development is not considered to cause any material
harm, then enforcement action is not appropriate. If the decision
is not to proceed with enforcement action, we will write to the
complainant and explain the reasons.
- The name and address of any complainant will be kept
confidential to the Council, although if you make representations
on any subsequent planning application these will be available for
the public to read.