Planning enforcement service
Our enforcement team will investigate all reports of potential breaches of planning. We recommend you check to see if planning permission has been granted for the development before reporting, this can be done through our planning application website.
If you wish to report a potential breach, use our online reporting form. We will also require the following
- Precise location of the site or property to which the breach relates (including an address)
- The exact nature of the concern
- If possible the identity of the person/organisation responsible for the alleged breach
- When the alleged breach began
You will be asked to give your name and address. These will be held in confidence and not disclosed, as stated in the General Data Protection Regulation 2016. If you wish to be remain anonymous you should submit your complaint through your local member or parish council.
You should be aware that in the event of the matter proceeding to appeal or to court you may be asked to give evidence and we will not be able to withhold your details.
We will endeavour to keep you informed of the outcome of our investigation but it should be realised that once a breach of planning control has been identified it can be a lengthy process to resolve.
What is a breach of planning control?
A breach of planning control is defined in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as: “the carrying out of a development without the required planning permission, or failing to comply with any condition or limitation subject to which planning permission has been granted”
Not all development requires planning permission, it may fall within the limits of permitted development and these exemptions are laid down in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 (as amended).
We also control advertisements as they may require advertisement consent. There are some adverts that do not need consent, for example you are unlikely to need consent for a sign with your house name or number on it.
In many cases unauthorised developments and advertisements are accidental or come about through an understandable lack of knowledge of the planning laws. It should also be realised that a breach of planning control is not a criminal offence, unless it is an unauthorised advertisement, unauthorised works to a Listed Building or protected tree/s.
Many minor breaches can be resolved through negotiation and persuasion without the need for formal enforcement action. If a breach is found to have occurred then the person(s) responsible have the right to apply for retrospective planning permission.
If a breach cannot be resolved, and it is considered appropriate, formal enforcement action can be taken. This is in the form of an Enforcement Notice requiring the developer to put right what he/she has done wrong. If the Notice is not complied with and/or appealed against then it becomes a criminal offence and the matter is taken to the courts. You can view our enforcement notice register online.
Further information is available regarding Enforcement of Community Infrastructure (CIL)
Keeping in touch
Whilst we endeavour to keep you informed of investigations, this is not always possible, therefore please do not hesitate to contact us any time to discuss the case.
Data protection and privacy
We are committed to protecting your personal data and privacy.
The personal information you provide to us will only be used to process the application you have made to us.