Planning enforcement covers a wide range of activities including the investigation of complaints regarding unauthorised building works and uses of land or buildings, the monitoring of development on site, works to trees, works to listed buildings, advertisements, untidy land and applications regarding high hedges.
Where an enquiry does not fall to planning to pursue, such as civil matters or works outside of a the property boundary, the enquirer will be advised and the concerns passed to any other relevant department of the council and/or advised of the most appropriate external contact for them to pursue matters separately.
When a breach of control is identified following the monitoring of development or the receipt of a complaint the first course of action is to see whether those responsible will work voluntarily with the council to resolve the breach.
This can involve ceasing or moderating a use, altering or demolishing a building in whole or part or submitting a planning application.
If the situation cannot be resolved amicably the council has to decide whether it is appropriate to take further action.
- Planning Enforcement Plan (pdf 681 kb)
The Enforcement Plan was consulted in the period to September 2015 and adopted on 14th October 2015.