The Planning Enforcement team is responsible for investigating complaints about development which may have been carried out without the benefit of planning permission or consent. The team is also responsible for monitoring development that has received planning permission, in order to ensure compliance with any planning conditions.

Taking enforcement action is a discretionary power and any action taken will be proportionate to the matter being considered. Not all breaches of planning control will result in formal action being taken; each case will be considered on its own merits, taking into account local and national planning policy and any other material considerations.

The Council has produced the following guidance leaflet which provides a brief overview of the enforcement process: