Development: enforcement action increases

Kevin Snow01st May 2008

Enforcement action by the District Council’s planning department has increased for the second year in a row.

While complaints to Three Rivers District Council have fallen slightly over the past two years the amount of formal enforcement action has actually risen from 45 in 2006/7 to 53 in 2007/8. Planning experts had taken 37 enforcement actions in the previous year (2005/6). 

Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Martin Trevett, said:

“Complaints have actually fallen since 2005 so the rise in action is all the more striking. Where a serious breach of planning permission has happened, and the person responsible will not comply, we can serve legal notices for enforcement, planning contravention or breach of the conditions attached to planning permission.  We will serve an injunction and prosecute if necessary.”

In 2005-6 there were 731 complaints received. This fell to 696 in 2006-7 and then to 684 in 2007-8.

Residents can help prevent planning abuses by reporting concerns in confidence to the District Council 01923 776611

Before carrying out development of any type residents should always contact the Council for advice on the number above. Advice is free and can save a costly legal bill.

Development Control Committee meetings are open to the public. Residents should ring to confirm times and details before attending 01923 776611