Taking enforcement action is discretionary and not all breaches of planning control will result in formal action being taken. Most cases are resolved through discussion and negotiation and without formal enforcement action being taken.
We will consider:
If planning permission or consent is required? If no, there is no breach.
If yes, it is likely that a permission or consent would be granted in planning terms? An application is invited to rectify the breach.
If no, formal enforcement action will be taken where there is significant harm in planning terms.
What we can investigate
- Unauthorised building or engineering works
- Unauthorised change of use of land or buildings
- Non-compliance with a planning condition
- Unauthorised works to a Listed Building
- Unauthorised display of advertisements
- Untidy land or property belonging to private owners
- Unauthorised work to protected trees
- Unauthorised works to trees within a Conservation Area
- Unauthorised demolition within a Conservation Area
- Unauthorised removal of a hedgerow
What we cannot investigate
- Neighbour disputes
- Dangerous structures (contact Building Control on 01952 384555)
- Boundary disputes
- Damage to private property
- Breaches of property deeds or covenants
- Matters relating to the Party Wall Act
- Health and Safety
- Blocking of a designated rights of way (contact Rights of Way on 01952 384614)
- Breaches occurring within or on a public highway (contact Highways on 01952 384701)
- Noise disturbance or other pollution (contact Environmental Health on 01952 381818)
Reporting a planning breach
Please give as much detail as possible including any dates, times and any other details known. We need the exact location of the site or property, the nature of the alleged breach and any harm that it is causing.
Please give your name, address and telephone number so that we can contact you to discuss the matter further to assist with our investigation. Anonymous complaints may be accepted but will not be a priority, and it may not be possible to investigate the matter without contact details being provided.
We will acknowledge your report and give you the investigating officers' details who you can contact by letter, phone or e-mail. Please contact us to make an appointment if you wish to see the officer in person.
You may report a breach the following ways:
- By telephoning 01952 380380
- By emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- By letter addressed to: Planning Enforcement, Development, Business & Employment, Telford & Wrekin Council, PO Box 457, Wellington Civic Offices, Wellington, Telford, TF2 2FH
How long will it take?
Unfortunately not every breach of planning control can be resolved quickly. The enforcement officers must follow statutory procedures and some matters can take several months to resolve, particularly if an appeal is lodged against an Enforcement Notice.
All investigations are carried out on a strictly confidential basis and we will not reveal a complainant's details without their permission. With serious breaches of planning control, which warrant prosecution, or which result in an appeal, the complainant may be invited to give a witness statement if their evidence is considered crucial. Such involvement is on a voluntary basis.