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Planning Enforcement Charter

Breaches that are high impact and low impact in planning terms

Examples of breaches of planning control that have a high impact in planning terms and those involving significant or environmental harm such as:

  • Significant and irreversible unauthorised works to a Listed Building or Scheduled Ancient Monument.
  • Significant and irreversible unauthorised land engineering or waste tipping.
  • Unauthorised felling of a tree covered by a Tree Preservation Order.
  • Unauthorised demolition of a building in a Conservation area.
  • Non-compliance with site investigation requirements.

Examples of breaches of planning control that have a lower impact in planning terms include:

  • Minor breaches that minimally exceed permitted development limits.
  • Minor works without planning permission. For example, walls, fences and satellite dishes.
  • Small scale householder developments and domestic outbuildings such as sheds, home offices or outhouses.
  • Work that has gone undetected for an extended period (but still within the period when action could be taken).

Page last updated:
10 Apr 2024

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