The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states that effective enforcement is important to maintain public confidence in the planning system. It also makes clear that enforcement action is discretionary, and local planning authorities should act proportionately in responding to suspected breaches of planning control.
In line with this it is encouraged that Local Planning Authorities (LPA’s) consider publishing a local planning enforcement plan (PEP) to manage enforcement proactively, in a way that is appropriate to their area. It is advised that such a plan should set out how the LPA will monitor the implementation of planning permissions, investigate alleged cases of unauthorised development and take action where appropriate.
At present the Council does not have an adopted PEP and therefore in recognition of the growing consciousness of the planning enforcement function, and in order to give elected members and the wider public a clearer understanding of how it is envisioned that the service will function, a PEP has been written.
The PEP was presented to the meeting of the Planning Committee on 3rd March 2020. In addition the comments of Members of the Economic Development Committee have also been sought. The reports that were presented to each committee, which sets out the purpose of the PEP, with a dialogue behind the philosophy and considerations contained with, can be found below;
The proposed PEP is available for comment between Monday 22 June 2020 and Friday 31 July 2020.
Comments can be made by email to Planningenforcement@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk or via post to Newark & Sherwood District Council, Planning Development, Castle House, Great North Road, Newark NG24 1BY.