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Shining a light on planning enforcement in the Peak District

This is an archived press release

Thursday 27 March 2014

How does the planning enforcement process work in the Peak District National Park?

National park planners have issued the Peak District Local Enforcement Plan to help people understand what to do if they receive a notice that their building work or change of use breaks planning controls, or if they want to report a suspected breach.

Andrew Cook, Monitoring and Enforcement Manager, explained: "The threat of enforcement action can be distressing, especially when it relates to your home or business, and the process can be difficult to understand, so we hope that the Local Enforcement Plan will help to make things clearer for those involved.

"It's important to realise that the vast majority of planning breaches are relatively minor and resolved without formal action being taken, although we will take firm action when it is warranted.

"If you are planning to carry out building works or other developments we'd encourage you to work with our planners to prevent problems happening in the first place.  But if problems do occur we are always willing to talk to you to try to reach a resolution."  
The document explains what a breach of planning control is, how to report a suspected breach, the investigation process, criteria used to prioritise cases, in what circumstances the Authority takes action, and what powers it has.

The Peak District Local Enforcement Plan is available online at or paper copies are available free – call 01629 816200.

As well as investigating and seeking to resolve planning breaches, monitoring and enforcement officers selectively check sites where planning permission has been granted to see if they comply with the approved plans and conditions.

This is an archived press release

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