Breach of planning

1. Introduction

Our planning enforcement team investigate complaints about potential breaches of planning. They will research the background of a case and carry out a site visit, following this a decision will be made as to whether or not further action needs to be taken.

If a breach is identified, the person responsible will be told what is wrong and what they need to do to resolve the problem. In the majority of cases, unless there is serious and immediate ongoing harm to the environment, highway safety or neighbours, the person responsible will be given an opportunity to remedy the breach before we would take any formal action.

We may have to serve legal notices on the owners to find out more information. A planning application may also be submitted during our investigations. If this happens you will be consulted on it and given a chance to formally give us your views. There is also a right of appeal against any formal notice or if planning permission is refused. Therefore, some complaints can take time to resolve.