Enforcement of planning control and appeals
Part of the role of the Planning Authorities is to take action if development is carried out without the necessary planning permission. It may be a deliberate act or it may be a mistake or oversight, but either way, if there is an objection, the authority can investigate and may take action to force the development to be taken down or the use to stop. It can be a major problem for the owner or occupier of the land.
If an enforcement notice has been issued then time limits are running and advice should be taken as soon as possible. It may be that the use has gone on so long that permission is no longer needed anyway. It may be that an application for permission needs to be put in as soon and as favorably as possible. It may be that an appeal should be made against the enforcement notice. All options should be considered if the aim is to avoid compliance.
The enforcement process can get very technical and advice is needed at an early stage. Ultimately the LPA has considerable powers to enforce planning control and there can be high fines for the crime of non-compliance with a notice.
For more information please contact Frances Barker at our Ipswich office on 01473 343911 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org