What is a breach of planning control?

A breach of planning control is defined in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as:-

  1. The carrying out of a development without the required planning permission; and
  2. Failing to comply with any condition or limitation subject to which planning permission has been granted.

Examples of breaches of planning control:

  • Building work, engineering operations and material changes of use, which are carried out without planning permission, where planning permission is required
  • Development which has planning permission but is not carried out in accordance with the approved plans
  • Failure to comply with conditions or the terms of a legal agreement attached to a permission or consent
  • Advertisements that require express consent under the Advertisement Regulations, but are displayed without consent being granted*
  • Demolition within a conservation area, without conservation area consent, when it is required*
  • Works carried out to a "listed" building, which affect it's historic character or setting, without listed building consent being granted*
  • Failure to comply with the requirements of a planning legal notice (e.g.) enforcement, discontinuance, stop notice, etc*

*These items constitute an offence.

The Council will not become involved in matters that are purely neighbourly disputes and, in particular, cannot become involved in boundary disputes or enforcing covenants on deeds.


Last updated: 03/05/2018 10:05:33