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Improvement to Planning Enforcement


Planning enforcement cases causing serious harm will be fast tracked under new guidelines agreed by Chichester District Council.

Following a review of the way in which planning enforcement cases were handled, it was identified that:

o Cases should be given a priority rating. This will depend on the potential harm they will cause;

o Increased resources should be invested in the team to improve the turn around of cases;

o Complainants should be kept informed throughout the process. This includes notifying them of the action that will be taken following site visits; and

o Notices should be issued swiftly in accordance with the timescales set.

Cllr Janet Duncton, Portfolio Holder for Planning at Chichester District Council, says: “We take breaches of planning control very seriously and are committed to the effective enforcement of this control. The strategy is a significant step forward and will help us focus our efforts and resources where they are most required. Residents should be reassured that all cases will still be investigated, but each one will be prioritised, depending on its severity.

“We are aware that safeguarding the environment and protecting residents’ amenities is a number one priority for the people of the district. We are sure that our customers will be pleased with this improvement.”

The new strategy explains the planning enforcement process and how people can make a complaint. It also introduces new service standards. This is to make sure that reports of breaches of planning control are progressed quickly.

The Strategy can be read in full via the Councils web site using the following link:

A hard copy is available upon request from the Planning Enforcement Team on 01243 534754 (

Individuals wishing to make a complaint or enquiry about a potential breach of planning control should notify the Council of their concern in writing (letter, email or fax) to: Planning Enforcement, Chichester District Council, East Pallant House, 1 East Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1TY, Tel: 01243 534734, Email: