The Planning enforcement department look into complaints about potential breaches of planning control. These might include:
- unauthorised building works
- untidy land
- removal of protected trees
- breaches of planning conditions
- unauthorised changes to use of buildings or land
The Town and County Planning Act 1990 seeks to achieve a balance between freedom of landowners to use and alter their land or properties while at the same time needing to safeguard amenities from significant harm. This makes enforcement a complex area.
Our primary aim is to help achieve this balance rather than punish those who have broken regulations.
Developers and landowners are advised to make sure they have the necessary approval to undertake work before they start and not assume that they will get consent retrospectively.
We are able to offer planning pre-application advice to assist with this.
If you are concerned about a development near you which you think does not have planning permission, you can tell us about it by submitting a planning enforcement complaint.
Alternatively you can download the complaints form here.
We investigate complaints in line with our Planning Enforcement Leaflet