Development is sometimes carried out without planning permission or the detailed plans approved by the council are not properly followed (a breach of planning control). In cases such as these serious harm may be caused to the way in which people live. Residents and businesses have a right to expect that harmful activities are dealt with quickly and effectively.
Local Planning Authorities have been given the responsibility through the Planning Acts to deal with breaches of planning control. The decision whether or not to take action in most cases rests with the council. Each case is judged on its own merits and depending on the circumstances the council does not always have to take action.
You should note, however, that we do not deal with cases which do not involve planning matters nor do we investigate land ownership/ boundary disputes or enforce your deeds.
It is not a criminal offence to carry out work or change the use of land, or buildings without planning permission. In most cases the council will therefore give the individual the opportunity to correct the situation or apply for retrospective planning permission. If serious harm is being caused, the council will take firm action quickly. The council is committed to negotiating satisfactory outcomes through our pro-active enforcement policy. We have also signed up to the Government’s Enforcement Concordat.
If you suspect a breach of planning control, please contact one of the Planning Enforcement officers, or one of the Planning officers. Alternatively, a letter explaining your concerns may be sent to the address on the back of this leaflet. You may prefer to ask your local parish, town or ward councillor to take up your complaint.
When you first approach the council it would be useful to supply as much information as possible about the current and previous situation (ideally in writing, with photographs where appropriate).
All complaints are kept confidential.
Your name will not be disclosed without your knowledge and agreement.
Once we are satisfied that a breach of planning control has taken place, there are a number of options available:
If the breach cannot be resolved voluntarily and more formal action is required, the decision may have to be taken by the Planning (Enforcement) Committee.
The council is committed to providing you with high quality services. We try to keep these high standards but know that sometimes things can go wrong. When this happens we want to hear from you. We will try our best to put it right and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Let us know if:
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