If you have been served with a copy of an enforcement notice, please read this carefully. This information, prepared by the Planning Inspectorate, is meant to help you to decide whether there are grounds for appeal to the Secretary of State and if so how to appeal, and guidance on completing your appeal form.
This advice is not part of the enforcement notice. It is based on the relevant provisions of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as amended by the Planning and Compensation Act 1991.
More comprehensive information about the policy for enforcing planning control can be found in Planning Policy Guidance Note 18 (PPG 18) issued by the former Department of the Environment and the former Welsh Office in December 1991.
Detailed advice on planning enforcement provisions is contained in former DOE Circular 10/97 (see related links below for PPG18 and Circular 10/97).
Enforcement appeals can be decided by means of an exchange of written representations or a hearing or inquiry may be held. Most inquiries are decided by Inspectors but some may be determined by the Secretary of State. The rules relating to each type of procedure are set out in the related links below.
- Town and Country Planning Act 1990
- Planning and Compensation Act 1991
- 10/97 - Enforcing Planning Control
- Written Procedure Rules (enforcement)
- Hearing Procedure Rules (enforcement)
- Inquiry Procedure Rules (Inspector)(enforcement)
- Inquiry Rules (SofS) (enforcement)
High Hedges Appeals
There are various rights of appeal regarding decisions taken by the Council in respect of High Hedges. Information and guidance can be found at the GOV.UK