Breach of planning

6. Retrospective planning permission

If you have gone ahead and carried out work without planning permission, necessary consent, or disregarded any planning conditions, we may ask you to apply retrospectively for planning permission. Before we do this, we will consider whether the work you’ve carried out would originally have been granted or refused permission in line with planning policies. This does not mean we will automatically approve your application.

However, enforcement action will always be the last resort. We will always try to seek a solution by negotiation or asking you to make changes to the work you’ve carried out.

If, however, we decide to refuse permission, an enforcement notice may be served, setting out what you need to do to remedy the breach, and the date by which this must be done.