Planning permission is often, but not always required for building and engineering work, and for changes in the use of land or buildings.
Sometimes it is possible to carry out building work or to change the use of land or premises without having to apply for formal planning permission.
However, sometimes development is carried out without planning permission when it is required, or it does not properly follow the detailed plans or comply with conditions attached to planning permissions.
When this happens, serious harm can be caused to the environment or the way that people live. Residents and businesses have a right to expect that harmful activities are dealt with effectively. In order to ensure this, a harm prioritisation system is in use. Details explaining how this works can be found in the Planning Enforcement Policy at the bottom of the page.
Some work might be in breach of planning controls. This is work like:
- Work without planning permission (including advertisements)
- A breach of planning conditions
- Untidy land or dilapidated buildings
- Changing the use of a building or land
- Unauthorised work to listed buildings
- Work to trees
- High hedges
The planning system regulates the development and use of land in the public interest, under powers set out in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and the council has various enforcement powers.
You can now view the enforcement register online
If you wish to report a potential breach please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01530 454545
- Planning Enforcement Policy (2019) (PDF Document, 0.35 Mb)
Last updated: Thu 29 October, 2020 @ 14:11