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Planning Enforcement

Most types of building works, changes of use, works to protected trees and many advertisements need planning approval. If the necessary approvals are not obtained and any development is undertaken, this is called a breach of planning regulations and we can take action.

Report a suspected breach of planning regulations

What we cannot investigate

Boundary or ownership disputes.

Party Wall Act issues.

Covenant issues.

Use of, or development on, highways, pavements or verges.

Dangerous structures



Examples of breaches of planning regulations

Erection(s) of new buildings and extensions to existing buildings without the necessary planning permission.

Changing the use of land or buildings without the necessary planning permission.

Where planning permission has been granted but the approved plans and/or the conditions attached to the approval have not been followed properly.

Advertisements erected without the necessary permission.

Protected trees being removed or lopped without the necessary permission.

The carrying out of works to a listed building, both internal and external, without the necessary permission.

Report a suspected planning breach

Currently, timescales for visiting and considering breaches is extended from our target dates within the Local Planning Enforcement Plan.

To enable cases to be prioritised it will be helpful to include photographs and other evidence of the suspected breach.