We investigate all breaches of planning control where development has taken place before the necessary planning approval has been granted.
When development takes place without permission we have a full range of enforcement powers available to establish whether a breach of planning control has taken place, what harm is caused as a result of the breach and how to remedy the situation.
We normally negotiate compliance rather than pursue formal action. In cases where serious environmental damage or harm to the amenities of neighbouring residents is taking place, or where damage is being caused to listed buildings, we will use the full range of powers available.
Only when we have served formal enforcement or similar notices, all avenues of appeal have been exhausted and time periods for compliance have expired, does a use or development become illegal and a criminal offence.
The person against whom an enforcement notice is served has rights of appeal.