Planning enforcement may be necessary when planning rules are not followed. Breaking these rules or a ‘breach’ may involve:
- buildings being put up without planning permission or not being built as shown on the plan that has been approved
- the use of a property changing without planning permission
- a development being carried out without following the conditions of the planning permission
These planning breaches are not illegal. These will be investigated and if it is in the public interest, action may be taken.
If what is being carried out on the site is acceptable the council can consider it and grant a retrospective permission.
Other breaches such as:
- altering the inside or outside of a listed building without permission
- felling protected trees or taking out protected hedges
can be illegal and lead to prosecution in the courts.
We will handle enforcement in accordance with our agreed Enforcement Policy. We have produced simplified diagrams showing the investigation and negotiation [pdf] 48KB and the formal action and remedying breach [pdf] 43KB parts of the enforcement process.
If you wish to report a planning breach, please complete our suspected planning breach report form which will reach us more quickly and save paper.
You can search enforcement orders to see if any affect your property or properties near you.
Civic Centre, Ashford or Tenterden Gateway.
Email planning enforcement
Ashford Borough Council
Kent TN23 1PL