As anticipated, updated regulations have been announced as part of the Levelling-up and Regeneration Act 2023 which set out a number of changes to current planning legislation and will come into effect on 25th April 2024.

The most notable update is the revocation of the four year time limit for Local Planning Authorities to take enforcement action against substantially complete operational development and changes of use to a single dwelling house.

From April 25th 2024, the time limit for Local Planning Authorities to take enforcement action against unauthorised development will be extended to ten years.

Other key updates to the current legislation include;

  • Extension of Temporary Stop Notices to 56 days to enable Local Planning Authorities to investigate an alleged breach of planning control.
  • The introduction of a new power to Local Planning Authorities to issue an ‘Enforcement Warning Notice’ to seek the submission of a retrospective planning application as an attempt to remedy a breach of planning control.
  • Changes to the current enforcement notice appeal procedure to remove the ability for persons to appeal under ‘Ground A’ (that planning permission ought to be granted or that the condition or limitation imposed on the grant of permission ought to be discharged).
  • The introduction of a new power to The Secretary of State to dismiss an appeal in relation to an enforcement notice or an appeal relating to a lawful development certificate, where it appears that the appellant is causing undue delay to the appeals process.

If you feel you may be affected by these changes to the current legislation or for further information then please do not hesitate to contact Bloomfields Chartered Town Planners via 01892 831600 or info@bloomfieldsltd.co.uk