Planning Enforcement

Concerns and Complaints

If you consider that someone is carrying out development which may not have had planning permission, you should contact us immediately on 01246 231111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Any complaints received, unconnected with a particular current planning application are confidential. To find out the next steps please view our Planning Enforcement Plan (.pdf | 4mb). 

Conditions Breach

Planning permission is granted subject to conditions. Failure to comply with conditions may result in the issue of a 'Breach of Condition Notice' which requires compliance with the terms of the condition within a certain amount of time.

If the developer still doesn't comply with the requirements of a breach of condition notice this is a criminal offence and on conviction, the developer can be fined up to £1000. There is no right of appeal against a breach of condition notice.

Poorly Maintained Land or Buildings

Where land or buildings are not properly maintained and their appearance becomes detrimental to the area, the Local Planning Authority may issue a notice under section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) requiring works to be carried out to address the damage to amenity. The power can range from removing rubbish from land to demolishing buildings and removing the demolition debris.

There is a right of appeal against a notice issued under this section to the Magistrates Court. Failure to comply with the requirements of the notice constitutes a criminal offence subject on conviction to a fine not exceeding £1000, the authority is also empowered to enter land to carry out the works specified in the notice and reclaim costs from the land owner.

More Information

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