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Stratford-on-Avon District Council
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Planning Enforcement

What is planning enforcement?

Most people are affected by planning decisions at some time. Building works or changes in the use of land and buildings are sometimes carried out without planning permission or without properly following approved plans. Such unauthorised work can harm the character of the District or the way in which people live and work. This page:

  • explains the Council's procedure for the investigation of possible unauthorised development;
  • lets you know how to report unauthorised development;
  • tells you how you can help the District Council to do so.

Local Enforcement Plan

Parliament has given the responsibility for dealing with breaches of planning control to local authorities. In most cases, the decision whether or not to take action rests with the District Council. It is not always appropriate for the Council to take action. The decision will always depend on the particular circumstances of each case.

The procedure for investigating alleged breaches of planning control is set out within the Council's Local Enforcement Plan July 2016.

The District Council cannot become involved in private legal matters, such as boundary disputes and private rights of way.

How do I complain about unauthorised development?

If you think that a development is taking place without consent or contrary to conditions placed on a planning permission, you can request an investigation by:

  • phoning the Council's switchboard 01789 267575 and asking to speak to our Planning Enforcement Team
  • contact us using our online form
  • Emailing the Planning Enforcement Team at planning.enforcement@stratford-dc.gov.uk
  • writing to the the Planning Enforcement Team at Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6HX

Anonymous complaints will not be investigated.

What information will the Council need?

The District Council's investigation of planning enforcement cases is often greatly assisted by the local knowledge of the complainant.

When you first approach the Council, you should supply as much information as possible (including where appropriate, sketch plans, photographs, etc) about the current and previous situation including:

  • the exact address and location of the building or site;
  • when activities started, and whether they are still continuing;
  • the approximate dimensions of any new building works;
  • the names and addresses/phone numbers of any owners, occupiers or builders that you think may be involved;
  • details of any problems caused, for example visual intrusion, overlooking, noise, traffic, smells; and in the case of potential unauthorised uses, details of the type and frequency of the activity.

What action can the Council take?

The type of action which the Council can take is set out in the Council's Local Enforcement Plan July 2015 (see downloads).

What formal action has the Council taken?

A list of the formal enforcement action by the Council since January 2009 can be viewed by clicking on the following links:

The electronic registers are updated quarterly

Wellesbourne Airfield

Article 4 Direction - Wellesbourne Airfield

Enforcement Appeals
A list can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

For further information please contact the Planning Enforcement team by emailing planning.enforcement@stratford-dc.gov.uk