Our Planning Enforcement Team investigate breaches of planning control.
A breach of planning control is defined in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as “the carrying out of a development without the required planning permission, or failing to comply with any condition or limitation subject to which planning permission has been granted”.
We class planning control breaches as:
We will resolve issues by:
A breach of planning control is not a criminal offence unless it regards or concerns:
An offence can also take place if the developer fails to comply with the requirements outlined in an Enforcement Notice that has been sent to them.
Before reporting a breach, you should check if planning permission has been granted.
The person completing the development is responsible for ensuring that the work is in accordance with the approved plan.
We don’t cover neighbour disputes, land ownership and boundary disputes, or mineral/waste complaints.
Complaints regarding noise, light, odour, bonfires or pests are investigated by our environmental protection team.
To report a planning breach, we require:
We don’t accept anonymous forms, but we will keep your details confidential.
We may also contact you if we need further information.
If you wish to report a breach please use the link below. Do not use this form for general enquiries, planning comments or complaints, as they will not be responded to. For general enquiries, please email us at Planning Services
After we receive your form, or if we suspect something is wrong, the site will be inspected.
If a breach is identified, the person responsible for the breach will be informed, and we will give them advice about how to remedy the breach.
Addressing a breach of planning control without formal enforcement action is often the quickest and most cost effective way of achieving a satisfactory result.
If the identified breach is minor and it can be resolved through negotiation or through the developers voluntarily compliance, the landowner will be given a chance to remedy the situation within an agreed time period.
If the breach is serious, and there is no prospect of planning permission being granted and/or the landowner is unwilling to cease or remove it, we will take immediate enforcement action.
It can take several weeks before an officer is able to visit the site as we contact the landowner to decide if the development requires permission, and whether permission might be granted. If formal enforcement action is required, it can take much longer.