Development and planning control is an element of the UK’s town and country planning system that regulates land use and new building through local government.
It's not an offence to carry out development without planning permission.
However, it's risky without securing planning permission first. It can't be assumed that retrospective planning permission will always be granted for that development.
An offence occurs if the development involves:
Large parts of our district are within the Green Belt and Areas of Best Landscape. Most villages contain listed buildings and conservation areas and there a development pressures due to the economic success of the region. This creates a demand for new buildings or uses of land, which may not always be acceptable.
We take great care in balancing the need to protect the environment while promoting growth and investment in our area and it's recognised that all development should be properly controlled.
Our Planning Enforcement team can take enforcement action against a development that doesn't have the necessary planning permissions or if it breaches planning conditions.
A breach of planning legislation may have occurred:
Unauthorised works carried out can be a criminal offence.
**Please always check before carrying out any works to your property or land.
* In certain circumstances such issues may be controlled by planning legislation, for example where they are the subject of a condition imposed on a planning permission.
Our planning enforcement team deals with alleged breaches of planning, including:
It's not an offence to carry out development without planning permission. However, it's risky to carry out development before securing planning first as it can't be assumed that retrospective planning permission will always be granted for that development.
An offence will only occur if the development involves unauthorised advertisements, works to protected trees or listed buildings, or if a formal notice has been served and it has not been complied with.
Complain about or report a suspected breach:
If you're concerned about a development please check if permission has been granted and what the conditions are.
This can be done on our planning search page.
If you still think that the correct planning permission has been breached, or that work has been carried out without the correct permission, we will need the following information:
You can tell us by filling out our online reporting form.
All investigations are carried out on a strictly confidential basis and the investigation team will not reveal the complainant's details.
On serious breaches of planning control - which may warrant prosecution, or result in an appeal - the complainant may be invited to give a witness statement. This situation is rare and involvement in the case is on a voluntary basis.
Anonymous complaints will not normally be investigated unless the complainant has a reason for not giving their details and explains this to the investigating officer
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