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.

View Government guidance

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.  

Report a breach of planning control

If you are unable to complete an online planning enforcement complaint form please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Enforcement tools

When dealing with breaches of planning control, there are a number of tools that can be used to help achieve the right outcome. 

Find out more about planning enforcement tools

For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01386 565565.