Planning Enforcement

What is Planning Enforcement?

Whilst it is not a criminal offence to carry out development without first obtaining planning permission, this is a contravention of planning laws and the District Council has powers to enforce those laws. The Council has a Strategy (pdf) for dealing with potential Enforcement cases.

How is this achieved?

By the serving of:

  • Enforcement Notices - requiring the contravention to be remedied.
  • Stop Notices - requiring immediate cessation of the contravention.
  • Breach of Condition Notices - served when conditions attached to planning permission are being ignored.

What happens next?

Contraveners can appeal against an Enforcement Notice to the Planning Inspectorate (external link).

If an Enforcement Notice is upheld it must be complied with within a specified period. Non-compliance does then become a criminal offence which may result in the offender being taken to Court.

The maximum fine for non-compliance of a valid Enforcement Notice is £20,000.

Contact us if you think that development is proceeding without the benefit of planning permission or that conditions imposed on a planning permission are being breached.

We will usually visit a complaint site and inform you what, if anything, can be done within 4 weeks of the receipt of your complaint.

Planning Enforcement Officers cover the following Towns/Parishes within Wealden
Niall Mileman Craig Moon Tom Holman
Buxted Chalvington with Ripe Alciston
Crowborough Chiddingly Alfriston
Danehill East Hoathly Arlington
Fletching Framfield Berwick
Forest Row Hadlow Down Cuckmere Valley
Frant Heathfield and Waldron East Dean and Friston
Hartfield Horam Hailsham
Maresfield Isfield Hellingly
Rotherfield Laughton Herstmonceux
Wadhurst Little Horsted  Hooe
Withyham Mayfield Long Man
Uckfield Ninfield
Warbleton Pevensey
Polegate
Selmeston
Wartling
Westham
Willingdon and Jevington

Management Structure Chart for the Planning and Environmental Service (pdf)

Contact Planning Enforcement

If you think that a development is proceeding without the benefit of planning permission or that conditions imposed on a planning permission are being breached.

Online Form: Report Issues Relating to Planning Permission

Email: planning@wealden.gov.uk

Telephone: 01892 602460

Fax: 01892 602777

Address:
Wealden District Council
Planning and Building Control
Council Offices,
Vicarage Lane,
Hailsham,
BN27 2AX