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Brentwood Borough Council’s planning enforcement team use discretionary powers to investigate alleged breaches of planning control and take enforcement action when it is expedient to do so. The Draft Enforcement Plan sets out our Service Standards and Enforcement Priorities..
The enforcement team investigate a range of breaches including:
- Unauthorised developments
- Works to a listed building
- Change of use
- Breach of planning conditions
The Council’s aim is to manage enforcement proactively, whilst maintaining the integrity of the built environment and protecting the amenity of residents. If it is established that a breach of planning control has taken place, our planning enforcement team will normally afford the contravener an opportunity to remedy the breach. In serious cases, the Council take legal action. Special considerations apply to designated heritage assets and conservation areas.
The information provided must include:
- Your name and address
- Your telephone number and e-mail address
- The address of the alleged breach
- The description and type of the alleged breach
- Any other relative information
You may also attach any supporting documentary evidence (e.g. written reports, digital photos).
Complainant's identities will be treated in strictest confidence.
What we don't deal with
The following are instances where the planning enforcement team is not able to investigate:
- breaches that have not yet occurred and with no evidence on future breaches
- damage to a property not protected under planning caused by building works
- encroachment of land where no unauthorised development takes place
- noise complaints
- activities on the highway
- highway advertisements
- out of hours building works
For those matters which fall outside of the Planning function, you may wish to consider formal mediation by an independent third party to try and resolve the problem, mediation services are available from Essex Mediation.