We respond to complaints about alleged breaches of planning
control and we check that development is
carried out in accordance with the correct planning
Making a complaint
If you report an alleged
breach of planning control we will acknowledge it and
deal with it according to our priority list. You will be updated on
What kind of complaints can we deal with?
Householder developments, housing and commercial
developments, including changes of use, advertisements,
untidy land, houses in multiple occupation, listed buildings,
conservation areas and trees.
If a development has planning permission, ensuring that it is
carried out in accordance with the plans/ details approved.
You may like to see our guidelines on walls
and fences, outbuildings, business
use from home or extensions.
What action will be taken?
We will assess the likely impact of any breach of the
planning regulations on public amenity and the environment before
deciding on the course of action to take.
When we have investigated the complaint, we may take the
following courses of action:
If works do not need planning permission - no
If works need planning permission but no
application was made:
- Seek a retrospective planning
application. This must be considered in the same way as if the
works had not been carried out. If planning permission is then
refused, formal action may be taken to remedy the
- Take formal action, for example issue a
legal notice that must be complied with.
Last Updated on 8/10/2012