Planning enforcement and coronavirus
To help limit the spread of coronavirus our planning enforcement officers are limiting their travel and not currently carrying out site inspections, unless a reported breach of planning control is classed as category A and a site visit is considered necessary. The need for a site visit will be considered on a case by case basis.
Please be assured, that when normal travel arrangements can be resumed, all reported breaches of planning control will be investigated fully in accordance with the council’s adopted Planning Enforcement Plan.
If you have not already done so, and it is possible for you to provide digital photographs of the breach of planning control you have reported without breaking Government rules on social distancing, this could be very helpful.
Planning enforcement information
Our Planning Enforcement team investigates complaints of 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
- Failure to comply with a s106 agreement
- Unauthorised development works and changes of use
- Removal of protected hedgerows
- Not building in accordance with the approved plans that form part of a planning permission
- Unauthorised engineering operations, such as creation of earth bunds
What isn’t a breach of planning control?
Issues not considered breaches include:
- Obstruction of a highway or public right of way
- Parking of vehicles on the highway or on grass verges
- Parking caravans on residential driveways
- Land ownership disputes or trespass issues
- Covenants imposed on property Deeds
More information is available in our Local Enforcement Plan.
Who can submit a breach of planning control complaint?
Anyone can submit a breach of planning control complaint to be investigated. All Planning Enforcement Complaints received are confidential. If you wish to submit a complaint anonymously please contact your Parish Clerk or Ward Councillor who can contact us on your behalf.
When dealing with breaches of planning control, there are a number of tools that can be used to help achieve the right outcome.