Planning Enforcement Notices

There are a number of different planning enforcement notices and/or actions that are able to be taken by the planning enforcement team:

  • enforcement Notice
  • breach of Condition Notice
  • stop Notice
  • temporary Stop Notice
  • section 215 Notice (Amenity Notice)
  • formal Cautions
  • planning Enforcement Order
  • remedial Notice – High Hedges
  • injunctive Action

Formal planning enforcement action may be taken where:

  • the matter is so serious that it merits immediate action
  • there is a lack of confidence that the matter will be resolved voluntarily
  • there's a history of non-resolution of issues by a voluntary means
  • the matter has not been satisfactorily resolved on a voluntary basis.

Such action can take a number of forms, including issuing:

  • Enforcement Notices and Listed Building Enforcement Notices: require the actions specified in the Notice to be undertaken within the time period specified. There is a right of appeal against these Notices.
  • Breach of Condition Notices: require compliance with conditions imposed on a grant of planning permission. There's no right of appeal against these notices.
  • Untidy Land Notices: require the improvement of land or buildings in order to remedy their visual impact on the amenities of the surrounding area. There is a right of appeal to the Magistrates Court against such Notices.
  • Improvement or Repairs Notices: in respect of Listed Buildings which are falling into disrepair.
  • Where it is considered expedient to do so a Temporary Stop Notice maybe issued.
  • In circumstances involving potentially serious or irreversible unauthorised development, an Injunction may be issued.

Non-compliance with the Notices listed above within the required timescale is an offence which we will normally seek to pursue by means of a prosecution.

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