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Planning Enforcement

STEP 1: ARE THE WORKS CONTROLLED BY PLANNING?

Please click on the link below to check whether the works are controlled by the planning department. 

MATTERS THAT ARE NOT DEALT WITH BY PLANNING

 

STEP 2: ARE THE WORKS PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT?

Permitted development means that certain developments can be built without the need for full planning permission. The Government has created a website where permitted development questions can be answered. To access this site please click on the link below:

INTERACTIVE HOUSE

Please note that FLATS do not benefit from permitted development so ALL development (including replacement windows) require a planning application. 

 

STEP 3: HAS A PLANNING APPLICATION BEEN SUBMITTED?

Before making an enforcment complaint it is advisable to check whether a planning application has been submitted. To do this please click on the link below.

PUBLIC PLANNING APPLICATION SEARCH MAP

For information on how to conduct a planning search please refer to the 'How To Guides' below:

How to carry out a history search on a property

 

STEP 4: MAKE AN ENFORCEMENT COMPLAINT

PLANNING ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATION FORM  

Please do not use this form for any general planning enquiries. For further information on general enquiries please go to www.bedford.gov.uk/planningenquiries

 

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Once the form has been submitted and checked, an Officer will investigate. If planning permission is needed for the development we will normally write to the occupier of the property and invite them to make a planning application within a suitable timescale. If planning permission is not needed we will notify the person reporting the matter (usually in writing) and explain why.

In cases where planning permission is needed but not applied for the Council will decide whether to serve an enforcement notice.

Click here to view the Planning Enforcement Plan

 

For all other enforcement queries, including what happens if you receieve an Enforcement Notice, please click on the 'Planning Frequently Asked Questions' link below:

 

PLANNING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Select 'Environment & Planning' within the 'All Categories' section and 'Planning' within the 'All Sub-Categories' section then click 'Search'.

 

HIGH HEDGE COMPLAINTS

High Hedges are dealt with under Part 8 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 which came into operation in England on the 1st June 2005. Before you can make a formal application about a high hedge, you must have tried and exhausted all other avenues for resolving your hedge dispute with your neighbour. Making an application to the Council should be the last option.

 

For more information on high hedges please click here

 

To make a formal complaint about a high hedge please click here  

 

If you have any further enforcement queries please contact Planning Support on 01234 718068.

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Here you will find information on environmental and planning issues. This section provides a wealth of information including details on how to make or enquire about a planning application, rubbish, waste and recycling information.

 


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