On this page you will find a copy of the Sedgemoor Planning Service Local Enforcement Plan. This is a key operational document for Development Management and we are interested in your comments.
The team investigates allegations of breaches of planning control including:
Planning controls relate to any development. The definition of 'development' for the purposes of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 is considered to include "carrying out of building, engineering, mining or other operation in on or under land or the making of a material change of use of any building or other land".
Please note that all mining and waste planning issues are dealt with by Somerset County Council.
No, many minor developments are exempt from the need for planning permission by the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995. You should always contact the local planning authority to find out if you need planning permission before commencing any development.
No, under the Act it is not considered to be an offence to fail to comply with planning controls, although you are advised to contact the local planning authority prior to carrying out works which might require approval. Should a local planning authority consider it expedient to issue an enforcement notice against a development which is unauthorised then non-compliance with this notice is an offence, for which the maximum fine is £20,000.
Yes, if these works are considered to affect the character and integrity of the building.
Some advertisements are exempt from the need for advertisement consent. They are considered to enjoy deemed consent. The display of any advertisements that do not enjoy deemed consent is an offence.
The local planning authority has the power to issue a breach of condition notice against which there is no right of appeal. It is an offence not to comply with such a notice. This offence maybe prosecuted in the magistrates court with a maximum fine of £1,000.
1. Address of land or building where breach alleged
2. Details of alleged breach
3. Complainant contact name and address
4. Any additional relevant information/other interested parties.
Once a complaint has been investigated and a breach identified, depending on the severity of the breach a number of things may happen:
In the case where significant harm is being caused by the breach it may be appropriate to issue a stop notice in conjunction with an enforcement notice or seek a legal injunction to stop the unauthorised activities.
Yes, the period within which planning enforcement action can be taken is limited to:
If you wish to confirm that development is immune from planning enforcement action, you are advised to make an application for a Certificate of Lawfulness.