Enforcing planning control
* IMPORTANT NOTICE*
Due to unforeseen circumstances relating to staff absences, we do not currently have the capacity to investigate reports of unauthorised developments in accordance with our adopted procedures. We will continue to log any such enforcement reports but will need to prioritise how and when we respond to these. Existing cases will continue to be investigated to a satisfactory resolution. We hope to resume the full service as soon as possible. If you require general planning advice please search the pages of this website; further information is also available at planningportal.co.uk. We apologise for any inconvenience
(Updated 25 July 2018)
Planning plays a key role in safeguarding the quality of landscape, buildings and the environment of the National Park. Enforcement is an important part of the planning process by preventing and resolving unauthorised development.
There are two main ways in which a breach of planning can occur:
- Building or engineering works, or changes in the use of land or buildings, that are carried out without planning permission.
- Where planning permission has been granted but the approved plans and/or the conditions attached to the approval notice have not been followed properly.
Our approach to enforcement
In investigating and dealing with apparent breaches of planning, we have to exercise a careful balance between the rights of the individuals concerned and the wider public interest. When dealing with enforcement complaints we will:
- take a balanced approach
- investigate to gather the facts and a full picture of the situation
- negotiate a resolution wherever possible
- encourage a planning application where it would resolve the issue
- when necessary, use enforcement powers to remove or stop harmful development
- when appropriate, take no further action.
We have a Local Enforcement Plan which sets out our policy and procedure for planning enforcement.