We have the power to enforce planning laws in our area. These powers are wide and varied and ensure that breaches of planning control are investigated and appropriate action taken to secure compliance with planning law.
Effective and proper enforcement of planning control is essential to protect the local environment and the interests of residents, visitors and businesses, from the harmful effects of unauthorised development.
Before you report a suspected breach you should check the following;
If planning permission has been granted, or the works are within permitted development and the works are being carried out in accordance with that consent, we will not be able to take any action.
Most breaches of planning control are dealt with informally through co-operation with the landowner or developer. The usual route is that they remove unauthorised buildings, stop unauthorised uses, or submit a retrospective planning application to regularise the situation. Enforcement procedures should not be used to settle disputes between neighbours or other parties.
The identity of the complainant remains confidential in all enforcement cases.
How to report a planning breach
If you have concerns about building works, or a use of land or buildings being carried out without consent, you can tell us online: