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Planning Enforcement

Enforcement is an important part of the planning system. 

It helps to:

  • make sure that development is carried out in accordance with the terms of any approval
  • remedy any unacceptable breaches of planning control

We have a range of enforcement powers but their use is discretionary. 

Planning Enforcement Plan

Our  Planning Enforcement Plan sets out how we will address and prioritise breaches of planning control. 

It describes:

  • the range of powers available to us
  • how we will decide whether or not to pursue enforcement action
  • the process of enforcement. 

If you are considering reporting a suspected breach of planning control, or would like to know more about the enforcement process, we recommended that you refer to the Plan.


  • Anonymous complaints will not be investigated unless they concern a statutory listed building or a protected tree.
  • Reports of suspected breaches will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and we will not reveal the identity of a complainant. 


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