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Commercial Planning Enforcement

Whether it is because people are unaware, or uncertain, of the need for planning permission, it sometimes occurs that development is carried out without the correct permissions.

If development has been carried out without the necessary permission the local planning authority may decide to take enforcement action.


The commercial planning enforcement action process

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 to remedy the breach, and the timescale within which this must be done. Failure to comply with these notices is a criminal offence, so it is important to take early advice if you receive a planning contravention, breach of condition notice, or enforcement notice.


Our commercial planning enforcement advice

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 also liaise with the local planning authority, draft appeal statements and represent you at an appeal.


Planning law specialists with a commercial focus

Having spent time within planning departments in the public sector, we have a comprehensive knowledge of the planning system and local government administrative law – with the ability to view this from all perspectives.

We work collaboratively with colleagues across the firm, drawing on the expertise from our parks, countryside matters, and company and commercial teams. This enables us to provide specialist, commercially focused advice, tailored to your specific needs.

From planning issues to licensing applications, we ensure there are no barriers to your business activities, helping you to get the details right so that you can proceed with confidence.

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