A Guide to Planning Enforcement

Local Enforcement Plan – adopted July 2016

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Malvern Hills District Council has adopted a Local Enforcement Plan in response to the publication of the National Planning Policy Framework where Government, in paragraph 207, state that:

“Effective enforcement is important as a means of maintaining public confidence in the planning system. Enforcement action is discretionary, and local planning authorities should act proportionately in responding to suspected breaches of planning control. Local planning authorities should consider publishing a local enforcement plan to manage enforcement proactively, in a way that is appropriate to their area. This should set out how they will monitor the implementation of planning permissions, investigate alleged cases of unauthorised development and take action where it is appropriate to do so”.

In particular the adopted Local Enforcement Plan sets out the powers available to us, and how we subsequently resolve breaches of planning control.

The Local Enforcement Plan can be found at the link below:

If you wish us to investigate an apparent breach of planning control, please contact us and set out the circumstances using the complaint form below:

Alternatively complaints can be made by telephone using 01684 862221 or you can write to us at

Malvern Hills District Council
Planning Enforcement
Council House
Avenue Road
WR14 3AF

Email: planningenforcement@malvernhills.gov.uk