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Enforcement and Planning Regulatory Team

The Ashfords Enforcement and Planning Regulatory Team are a specialist group within the wider planning team which advises on all forms of planning enforcement, whether pursuing enforcement or defending it, and related and sometimes contentious regulatory issues that can arise – lawful development certificate applications and appeals, town and village green applications and inquiries, issues of common land, and rights of way as marked on the definitive map.

Planning enforcement is a tool used by local authorities to ensure that development does not take place without planning permission being in place or in accordance with planning conditions or obligations imposed by the local authority. Local authorities have a variety of enforcement powers where they consider that there has been a breach of planning control, and it is appropriate to take action.   

Ashfords can provide help and support on Enforcement Notices, Stop Notices, Injunctions, Breach of Condition Notices and Planning Contravention Notices. [here you need to able to click through to the page that comments on what these are, as set out below].

Compliance with (or challenging) such notices is crucial, as failure to comply can in some instances lead to the local planning authority pursuing ‘confiscation’ proceedings. [here need click through to Proceeds of Crime and Confiscation orders] which can lead to financial investigations, the freezing of assets, financial penalties and (in cases of continuing non compliance) imprisonment.

Our Enforcement and Planning Regulatory team also advise on regulatory matters that arise outside of the usual course of development matters – such as lawful development certificate applications, determinations and appeals [click through to lawful development certificates and remove current lawful development certificates page from direct click through from planning page]; the registration or deregistration of common land, town and village greens, and matters concerning the definitive map and statement.

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