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What is Enforcement? 

Enforcement is an important part of the Council's Planning Service. The enforcement of planning law is a particularly complex aspect of planning activity.  This stems from the need to strike a balance between the rights of individuals to use or alter their property in the way they wish; the need to safeguard the character and quality of neighbourhoods; and to uphold the planning policies for the local area in such a way as to protect the public interest.

Planning Enforcement Key Facts and Frequently Asked Questions (PDF - 432Kb)

Submitting a Complaint

If you would like the Council to investigate an alleged breach of planning control please download and complete the Complaint Form found in the Documents section to the right and email to  Please attach any other relevant information with your complaint form.  Every effort will be made to keep Complainant’s details confidential subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act and other associated legislation.  Complainants should however be aware that in some cases it may be a relatively simple deduction for a subject to identify the source of the complaint.

Information on Enforcement policy and the scheme of delegation can also be found on the website.

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