We are working hard to review and adapt our processes as we transition into a new way of working brought about by the circumstances surrounding the current Coronavirus outbreak. These relate to our delegated powers regarding planning decisions and associated arrangements for Planning Committees. We are not yet in a position to provide you with a definitive illustration of these arrangements but are working hard to arrive at that point. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.
Planning enforcement may be necessary when planning rules are not followed.
This might include:
- 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. You can search our enforcement records online. We are currently updating notices issued before 1999, therefore some may have 99 as the case year. You may find it easier to search for these cases using the Interactive Map or telephone 01233 331111 for advice.
If what is being carried out on the site is acceptable the council can consider it by way of a formal planning application and grant a retrospective permission.
Other breaches can represent a criminal offence and lead to prosecution in the courts such as:
- Altering the inside or outside of a listed building without permission
- Felling protected trees or taking out protected hedges
- Displaying certain advertisements and signage without advertising consent
Please see the links above for more information on the our approach to enforcement, what is considered a breach of planning control, how to report to us and what happens if a breach has occurred.
Further planning enforcement information downloads
Planning enforcement, Ashford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 1PL