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Enforcing planning law breach in Compton protects AONB land

Our contractors have completed work to enforce a breach of planning law in Compton and return a piece of land close to the Pilgrims Way to its natural state.

The land is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and an Area of Great Landscape Value, and following complaints about unauthorised works occurring on the land, we issued an enforcement notice requesting that the landowner reinstate the land to its previous condition.  

As the landowner did not appeal and did not complete the required work themselves, contractors working on behalf of the Council have now returned the area to its former condition. The work included re-profiling the land and planting it with grass seed.

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council and Lead for Planning and Regeneration, said: "We want to protect and safeguard our borough for everyone who lives here. The Council will enforce and take action against unlawful work or development without the correct planning permission.

"After an enforcement notice is issued, we explore all possible options and give landowners the opportunity to appeal or do the work to put things back how they should be. The Council only does reinstatement work as a last resort and will then seek to recover costs from the landowner." 

When planning permission has not been granted and a notice has been served and not complied with, planning authorities have powers to request that landowners complete the work specified in an enforcement notice. These works are authorised under section 178 of the Town Country Planning Act 1990.

Enforcement notices can be served where there has been:

  • an unauthorised material change of land use

  • unauthorised operational development.

Published on Tuesday 16 January.