Planning enforcement

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Planning enforcement deals with breaches of planning controls, including where building work requiring planning permission is undertaken without such permission, where conditions attached to a planning permission are not complied with, or where the use of a building or land is changed without planning permission.

The Authority has a Monitoring & Enforcement Team within the Planning Service whose main role is to investigate alleged breaches of planning control and, where breaches are found, seek a resolution. It is often possible to resolve matters informally or to grant retrospective planning permission. However, where the breach is particularly serious the Authority has powers to take formal enforcement action.

Our officers also carry out site visits where planning permissions have been granted to ensure that work is proceeding in accordance with the approved plans and conditions. 

Local Enforcement Plan

In the National Planning Policy Framework, which was published in March 2012, the Government advised that local planning authorities "...should consider publishing a local enforcement plan to manage enforcement proactively, in a way that is appropriate to their area". It stated that the plan "…should set out how (the authority) will monitor the implementation of planning permissions, investigate alleged cases of unauthorised development and take action where it is appropriate to do so."

In March 2014 the Authority published a Local Enforcement Plan. You can read the whole plan or the individual chapters by clicking on the relevant links below:

  1. Introduction (245KB) PDF icon
  2. What is a breach of planning control? (243KB) PDF icon
  3. Monitoring (69KB) PDF icon
  4. In what circumstances can we take action? (213KB) PDF icon
  5. What are our priorities? (461KB) PDF icon
  6. How do I report a possible breach of planning control? (208KB) PDF icon
  7. Investigation process (335KB) PDF icon
  8. What happens when a breach is found? (474KB) PDF icon
  9. Immunity from enforcement action (72KB) PDF icon
  10. Breaches of other types of consent (754KB) PDF icon
  11. What to do if you are not satisfied with our service (125KB) PDF icon

Download the full Local Enforcement Plan (2.6MB) PDF icon

If you would like a free printed copy of the Local Enforcement Plan please contact us, as follows:

Peak District National Park Authority
Aldern House
Baslow Road
DE45 1AE

Telephone: 01629 816 200

Quarterly Monitoring & Enforcement Reports

A review of Monitoring & Enforcement cases is reported to the Authority's planning committee every quarter, in January, April, July and October.

A direct link to the most recent committee report can be found below and you can find reports for previous quarters by browsing to the relevant committee agenda here . For reports prior to 2014 please go to the relevant agenda in our planning committee archive.

Quarterly Report October 2017

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