From time to time development is carried out without the necessary permission.
Sometimes people are unaware, or uncertain, of the need for planning permission. If they think that development has been carried out without the necessary permission the local planning authority may decide to take enforcement action. The process often starts with the local planning authority serving a planning contravention notice to find out more information about the development and who owns this land. This may then be followed by the service of an enforcement or breach of condition notice. The notice will set out the alleged breach of planning control; what you need to do in order to remedy the breach; and the timescale within which this must be done. Failure to comply with these notices is a criminal offence and so it is important to take early advice if you receive a planning contravention, breach of condition notice or enforcement notice.
Our planning team can help you deal with any enforcement issues you might face. We can assess whether the development needs planning permission or whether it has become lawful and immune from enforcement action. We can liaise with the local planning authority; draft appeal statements and represent you at an appeal