Planning Enforcement

Our Planning Enforcement team investigates all alleged breaches of planning control to determine if a breach has occurred and what action, if any, is required.

To help us do this we have produced our Local Enforcement Plan, which was adopted in 2016.

This sets out the powers available to us to deal with breaches of planning control and at what point we will take action. The Government’s National Planning Policy Framework makes it clear that councils are expected to act proportionately when responding to any breaches.

What is a breach of planning control?

Breaches of planning control include:

• Unauthorised works to listed buildings
• Unauthorised works to trees with a tree preservation order (TPO) or in a Conservation Area
• Breaches of planning conditions
• Land or premises which have become an eyesore
• Failure to comply with a s106 agreement
• Deliberately hiding unauthorised building works or change of uses
• Removal of protected hedgerows
• Not building in accordance with the approved plans that form part of a planning permission
• Unauthorised engineering operations, such as raising of ground levels or earth bunds

What isn’t a breach of planning control?

Issues not considered breaches include land ownership or trespass issues, any work allowed under permitted development rights and parking vehicles on the highway or grass verge.
More information is available in our Local Enforcement Plan.

Report a breach of planning control

Use our online form to report a breach of planning control.

You can also call 01684 862221 or email

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