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What happens after Enforcement Notices are served?

The recipient of a Notice will either:

  • Comply with the Notice (in which case the matter is closed); or
  • Contest the Notice by way of an appeal to the Secretary of State or challenge in a Court of Law, where this is appropriate.

Hearing a case on appeal will take time and can often delay proceedings particularly if a Public Inquiry has to be arranged.

If the appeal against the Notice does not succeed the formal Notice comes into force. If the appeal is successful and/or planning permission is granted, then this is normally the end of the matter.

If the Notice is upheld or there is no appeal but it is still not complied with, the Authority will then consider prosecuting the perpetrator in the criminal courts.

We will aim to keep complainants advised of progress at key stages during these proceedings, for example, when an appeal is received or when a case is to be heard.

  1. Enforcement
  2. What is a breach of planning control?
  3. Enforcement procedures
  4. How to report a breach of planning control
  5. What do we do next?
  6. How do we take formal action?
  7. What happens after Enforcement Notices are served? (you are here)
  8. Government guidance
  9. Enforcement powers
  10. Why can enforcement action take so long?
  11. Complaints about the enforcement service
  12. How we will use your information


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