Enforcement powers

As a local planning authority, our enforcement powers are set out in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, as amended by the Planning and Compensation Act 1991. Advice on these powers can be found in Planning Policy Guidance Note 18: Enforcing Planning Control (PPG18).

We do not have a specific duty to make sure developments without planning permission comply with planning control. The decision whether to pursue enforcement action in individual cases is left to our discretion. But while we do not have to take action, PPG 18 makes it clear that we must act if there is clear harm and it is desirable for us to do so. If we fail to take necessary action it could be judged to be maladministration.

Read what PPG18 says by following the link below.

Planning policy guidance note 18: Enforcing planning control