LPP2: Site Allocations and Development Management Policies

Planning Enforcement

2.82  The NPPF states that enforcement action is discretionary and that local planning authorities should act proportionately in responding to suspected breaches of planning control. The Council expects that planning permissions will be implemented lawfully. Policy DM12 below sets out how enforcement decisions will be managed and assessed to protect amenities, safeguard the built and natural environment and uphold local planning policy in the most effective and expedient way.

DM12: Planning Enforcement

Where breaches of planning control are suspected, decisions to act will be based on the lawfulness of the development, the expediency of taking action and in accordance with;

  1. the Development Plan,
  2. the Local Planning Enforcement Plan, as adopted, and
  3. other material considerations

Other documents or guidance

Local Planning Enforcement Plan 2013 and subsequent versions



Enforcement notices being upheld at appeal.


Where breaches of planning control are identified, an appropriate and effective response is taken in a timely way.