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What is a Breach of Planning Control?

The enforcement team’s role is to investigate, identify and resolve breaches of planning control. Where necessary, legal action will be taken to secure compliance with planning legislation.

What is a breach of planning control?

Breaches of control can take a number of forms including:

  • Building works or alterations without planning permission
  • Alterations without consent to listed buildings, or threats to alter listed buildings
  • Unauthorised changes of use of land or buildings
  • Breaches of conditions attached to planning permissions
  • Unauthorised work to protect trees or trees in Conservation Areas
  • The display of unauthorised advertisements, hoardings, banners and signs on private land
  • Unsightly or unkempt land or buildings
  • Changes of use of land or buildings without planning permission (including business use of residential property)

What is not a breach of planning control?

Not all development requires planning permission. Often building works or changes of use will be ‘permitted development’, meaning that they do not need the formal approval of the Council. The enforcement team will be unable to take any action in these situations.

Other circumstances where the enforcement team will not be able to act include:

  • The parking of vehicles on the highway
  • Dangerous structures and buildings
  • Internal refurbishments of buildings which are not listed
  • The operation of a business from home where the main use is still residential and there is no impact on residential amenity
  • Works to or the removal of trees which are not covered by a tree preservation order or located in a conservation area
  • Disputes between neighbours relating to land ownership or the siting of boundaries
  • Noise smell or pollution