The Council has powers to control unauthorised development and
may take formal action in order to remedy a breach of planning
control where it is expedient and in the public interest to do
The breaches of planning control the Council deal with
- Erection of buildings, extensions or alterations to
- The material change of use of land or buildings
- The breach of a condition imposed on a planning permission
- The failure to comply with plans approved as part of a planning
- Works to or removal of a Hedgerow or a Protected Tree
- Works to a Listed Building
- Untidy land and buildings
You can contact the enforcement section directly with a
complaint using the online
form which allows you to add relevant documents and
See the Contacts
page for further information.
View further information about planning enforcement in the Vale of
Planning Enforcement Register
The Council aims to achieve the following:
- The Enforcement section aims to resolve 60% of all complaints
from members of the public within 12 weeks of receipt. Resolving a
case would involve taking formal action, receiving a planning
application, or judging there to be either no breach or a breach
not worthy of action.
- The section aims to resolve 70% of all non-complaint files
within 6 months of receipt.
The section also aims to meet following targets with regard to
- The Council will endeavor to acknowledge complaints made in
writing, via the online complaint form or by e-mail within 5
- Written complaints to be investigated according to the priority
allocated to the complaint: Priority 1 within 1 to 5 working Days,
Priority 2 within 5 to 15 working days and Priority 3 within 28
working days. To see how the priority is allocated, please view
further information about planning enforcement.
- Assessment of the severity of the breach within 28 days;
- Advising complainants of the resolution of a case within 28
days of that resolution.
- Publicising policy and procedures on enforcement.