The planning enforcement process

We are committed to dealing with planning applications as quickly as possible and not to stand in the way of development without justification.

We also expect land owners and developers to observe the spirit of the planning legislation and not carry out development until the necessary planning permission has been obtained. When development does take place without permission we have a full range of enforcement powers available to establish whether a breach of planning control has taken place, what harm is caused as a result of the breach and how to remedy the situation.

The Council exercises these powers in accordance with its adopted Planning Enforcement Policy.