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Although planning enforcement is a discretionary function, it is recognised that the integrity of the development management process depends upon our commitment to take effective action against unauthorised development.  In exercising discretion, our response to breaches of planning control will be proportionate to the extent of the breach and its potential impact on the environment. 

In the first instance we will usually attempt to resolve matters through negotiation.  This may involve the submission of a retrospective planning application, or action to remedy specific issues with the development.  If the breach is not resolved through negotiation, we will consider whether to proceed with formal enforcement action.  Formal enforcement action will not be considered appropriate in every case; the action taken will be proportionate to the harm being caused.

Our revised Planning Enforcement Strategy (effective from 01 October 2021) sets out how we will deal with complaints relating to breaches of planning control.

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