What is a Planning Enforcement Complaint or a Breach of Planning Control?

A breach of planning control could include the following:

  • Changes of use of land or buildings; e.g. from a house to a shop
  • The erection of buildings without permission
  • Building works which are different from what is shown on an approved plan
  • Not complying with conditions of a planning permission
  • Carrying out works to a listed building without listed building consent
  • Displaying signs or advertisements without consent.

What is not a Planning Enforcement Complaint or a Breach of Planning Control?

The following are examples of activities, which are not breaches of planning control. The council would not be able to investigate:

  • Parking of commercial vehicles, vans, lorries etc on the highway in residential areas or on grass verges
  • Running a business from home where the house remains the main use and there is no adverse impact on residential amenity
  • Parking a caravan within the residential boundary of a property, provided that it is ancillary to the dwelling i.e. it is stored or used as an extra bedroom
  • Land ownership or boundary disputes