We have discretionary enforcement powers that can be applied when there is a breach in planning control that causes harm to the amenity of the area and, that cannot be resolved by negotiation.
Before you make a report:
We cannot investigate:
ownership – party walls, boundary disputes, land ownership, deeds and covenants
disruption – noise, smell, anti-social behaviour, overgrown trees and bushes, vehicles
site operations – health and safety, hours of work, security, graffiti, dangerous structures, poor quality of work
highway matters – parking, obstruction, objects on footpaths
drainage – sewers, soakaways
Our role in planning enforcement
Planning enforcement is discretionary and the Council is not bound to act in any particular case. Much will depend on acting reasonably, proportionately (in relation to the level of harm caused), whether it is expedient and in the public interest to act immediately and whether planning permission is likely to have been granted had an application been made. It is rare to make an immediate intervention and in most cases the Council will wish to review all circumstances before agreeing the type of enforcement action it is expedient to take.
Planning enforcement action we have taken
We have an up to date register where formal enforcement action has been taken, including details of the planning breach and the Enforcement Notice served. The register has information on notices from 1982. Please contact us for details of Notices prior to 1982 or to arrange to view the full register in hard copy.
View the enforcement register