Planning Enforcement2021-11-04T13:39:16+01:00

Planning Enforcement

Our specialist planning enforcement experience enables us to act fast, advise properly and resolve quickly.

    Looking for help with planning enforcement? Get in touch with us

    Experienced Planning Enforcement Consultants

    We strongly advise obtaining planning permission before carrying out development, however, if development has occurred without planning permission, the LPA reserve the right to serve a Notice. If this is the case, we will assist you by outlining your options and potential outcomes. Do not ignore the Notice, act fast, and seek professional advice. We will be able to assist if you have been served with an Enforcement Notice, Breach of Condition Notice, Stop Notice or Temporary Stop Notice.

    Planning Enforcement Appeals in Ipswich

    Planning Enforcement Services

    Enforcement Assessment

    Enforcement Resolution

    Compliance Statements

    Retrospective Planning Applications

    Accredited by The Royal Town Planning Institute

    Having been accredited by The Royal Town Planning Institute, we are at the forefront of town planning practice. Our experienced planning enforcement consultants in Ipswich, Suffolk abide by a strict code of conduct, maintaining professional and ethical standards at all times, which means our clients, colleagues and wider public trust us.

    RTPI Chartered Town Planner Suffolk

    The go-to planning consultant for many…

    • Jack provided an excellent service by obtaining planning permission for our new build house. His attention to detail from the outset enabled us to secure planning permission. The whole process was smooth, and he kept us informed throughout.

    • Jack’s experience and knowledge of the Planning System and Council Policy has proven invaluable. He has helped our Architectural Practice achieve many successful planning permissions for our clients, supported by sound advice, attention to detail and first-rate service. Highly recommended.

    • Wilkinson Planning is very knowledgeable in what they do taking it from planning right through to the build stage. We have worked with them on a couple of recent projects and they are a pleasure to work with and we look forward to a continued relationship with Wilkinson Planning. Highly recommended.

    • Excellent! After meeting Jack to discuss our plans, we were filled with confidence. He gave us initial planning advice, submitted the application, and we were awarded planning permission in just over 8 weeks. Faultless service. We will be in touch again soon.

    How Wilkinson Planning can Help

    Our Planning Consultants offer an extensive range of service covering planning consultancy in a wide variety of sectors. Our expertise in the planning and development profession enables us to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients. Our dedicated planning enforcement specialists cater to the private and public sector, along with private and public individuals. We work successfully in partnership with other industry professionals, maintaining client confidentiality at all times.


    Having been accredited by The Royal Town Planning Institute, we are at the forefront of town planning practice. We abide by a strict code of conduct, maintaining professional and ethical standards at all times, which means our clients, colleagues and wider public trust us.

    10 Years Experience

    We have crafted a trustworthy planning service built upon an extensive understanding of local government. Our planning knowledge and expertise are at the forefront of modern-day planning practice, and we take pride in our personable approach to delivering your development aspirations.

    Proven Track Record

    We hold an exceptional strike rate at planning application and appeal stage through our reasoned approach and justified cases. We respond to new case law and planning appeal precedent which ensures we are ‘on the pulse’ of the ever-changing planning landscape.

    A bespoke planning and development consultancy

    Wilkinson Planning provides bespoke planning advice on all developments, regardless of how big or small the project is. This could be a house extension, or a single dwellinghouse, right up to a 100+ unit housing development. We are supported by a trusted network of specialist professionals, including; Surveyors, Architects, Landscape Architects, Heritage Consultants, Ecologists, Highways Engineers, Flood and Water Engineers and Environmental Health Consultants. Our extensive multi-disciplinary list of contacts places us amongst the best industry professionals in the region.

    Planning Enforcement FAQs

    What is a stop notice?2021-06-15T15:53:23+01:00

    A stop notice is a document that you can be served along with, or after an enforcement notice from the LPA if they believe that there is a breach of planning control on your development. Stop notices can order the cessation of activities relating to the breach of planning control.

    In the event you are issued with a stop notice, along with if you are issued with an enforcement notice, we strongly recommend that you enlist the services of a professional, reputable planning consultant on how best to approach and resolve the matter.

    NEVER ignore a stop notice or an enforcement notice.

    What is the breach of condition notice maximum fine?2021-06-15T15:52:32+01:00

    The maximum fine for breach of condition notice (BCN) is £2,500. The recipient can be charged with subsequent offences if they continue to fail to comply. If charged with failing to comply with a BCN, it is up to you to prove that you had a reasonable excuse for non-compliance.

    In the event of BCN non-compliance, or recurring breaches of the terms of the BCN, you will be asked to demonstrate what steps you have taken to comply with the conditions stated in the notice. If you cannot give a reasonable explanation or have taken no steps to comply, then your local council will likely seek to prosecute.

    NEVER ignore a breach of condition notice.

    What is a retrospective planning application?2021-06-15T15:51:20+01:00

    A retrospective planning application is an application for planning permission after work on your development has already commenced. An LPA can request that the owner or occupier of the land makes a retrospective planning application if they have started work without previous approval. This does not guarantee automatic planning permission.

    A retrospective planning application will be processed in the same way as a standard planning application. Should planning permission be refused at this stage, the LPA could issue an enforcement notice that requires you to return the site to how it was before works commenced.

    NEVER ignore a planning enforcement notice.

    What can a planning enforcement officer do?2021-06-15T15:50:29+01:00

    Under sections 196A, 196B and 196C of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as amended (“the 1990 Act”), LPAs and Justices of the Peace are able to authorise named officers to enter land for specific, essential enforcement reasons. This is to ensure the thorough and complete planning control enforcement.

    Entry to land may be authorised to determine whether there has been a breach of planning control, whether enforcement powers should be actioned, how these powers should be actioned and whether compliance with previous enforcement notices has occurred.

    There are rules governing the entry, conduct and departure of planning enforcement officers. You must not wilfully obstruct an authorised planning enforcement officer. For a detailed description of the powers of planning enforcement officers and LPAs, please contact Wilkinson Planning.

    NEVER ignore a planning enforcement notice.

    Does an enforcement notice expire?2021-06-15T15:49:46+01:00

    An enforcement notice does not expire. It must allow for a four-week (minimum) period for you to appeal before coming into effect. If no appeal is made, the notice will come into effect. NEVER ignore an enforcement notice. Should you receive one, we strongly recommend enlisting a professional planning consultant.

    The compliance period for an enforcement notice is variable, depending on the nature of the development. This can range from one month for simple works reversal, through to six months for usage changes and land restoration. Only in the rarest of circumstances will the compliance period exceed six months. You must comply with the terms of the enforcement notice.

    Can I appeal against the Notice served?2020-05-17T13:38:47+01:00

    The appeal process depends on the complexity of the issues relating to the requirements of the notice, and you have the options of proceeding either through written representations, informal hearing or Inquiry.

    Many appeals in respect of Enforcement Notices are by means of an Inquiry, as there may need to be complex legal issues to discuss or consider. Whilst you may consider Written Representations to be appropriate to your case, the final decision as to the type of procedure will rest with the Planning Inspectorate, in consultation with yourself (or your agent) and the local planning authority.

    A final decision will subsequently be made in writing after the site visit. The whole process from submission to decision should take around three months.

    I have been served a Notice by the Planning Enforcement Officer, what should I do?2020-05-17T13:38:09+01:00

    The failure to obtain planning permission or comply with the details of permission is commonly known as a ‘planning breach’.

    If you have received an enforcement notice or other formal notice from the local planning authority (LPA) in respect of your property, then there is an opportunity to make an appeal in respect of that notice. An enforcement notice will usually be served on the owner of a property (and others) where the LPA considers there has been a breach of planning control and consider it expedient to take action to remedy the breach.

    The notice will usually require you to stop doing something, such as removing a building or structure or alter it to make it acceptable.

    Who grants planning permission?2020-05-17T13:32:38+01:00

    Your local planning authority (LPA) is responsible for considering planning applications. It is important to understand the local planning policy implications which affect your proposal, along with the national planning policy aims set by Government.

    What is planning permission?2020-05-17T13:32:02+01:00

    Planning Permission, in simple terms, is like asking if you can do a certain piece of building work or operation. It will be granted (possibly subject to certain conditions) or refused. Parliament has given the main responsibility for planning to local planning authorities (usually, this is the planning department of your local council). Therefore, if you have any queries about a particular case, the first thing to do is to contact your local planning authority.

    Expert Planning and Development Consultants

    Our expertise in the planning and development profession enables us to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients. We cater to the private and public sector, along with private and public individuals. We provide high-quality professional service and advice to clients on all aspects of planning and development affecting their land and property.

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