Planning Enforcement Advice

Experience of Both Sides

Highly qualified planning enforcement advice in Dorset and the south of England, for your peace of mind.

As experienced planning consultants, it’s fair to say that we know a thing or two about planning enforcement.


Because, as the Director of DHPC, whilst my sole focus is to act on behalf of property developers, private clients and architects, I used to work for the other side. That is, as a Planning Enforcement Team Manager within our local authority. This comprehensive knowledge of when, how and why you may receive an enforcement notice, as well as an understanding of, if viable, how to achieve a win-win outcome on appeal, gives me an extra string to my bow.

We have, quite simply, seen both sides.

The Reasons Behind Enforcement Action

In brief, your local authority will take formal action in the event of a breach of planning control. This could be for two main reasons:

  • You have failed to obtain relevant planning permission, or
  • You did not comply with the conditions of discharge (a “breach of conditions”)

In fact, the council could get in touch with you before they issue the Planning Enforcement Notice, so that envelope landing on your mat may not be the extreme (unpleasant) surprise you may imagine it to be.

Nevertheless, to avoid fines, sanctions or even having to restore the property to its original condition, you will have to take steps.

DHPC’s Services

Modesty aside, our skills, and our knowledge of enforcement are a powerful force to be reckoned with. We have the expertise to unravel and smooth out what may look like immovable lumps and bumps in the appeals process.

Yes- let’s go ahead

If appropriate, we can prepare and submit an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate on your behalf This could take the form of a written representation, an informal hearing, or a public enquiry.

No – let’s do it another way

However, you should be aware that you may not even have sufficient grounds for appeal, in which case there may be alternative routes, or a better solution. Professional advice from DHPC should be your next port of call and could help you decide on your follow-up move.

For example, we may be able to negotiate a compromise with your local planning authority. However, before you do anything, talk to Darryl Howells Planning Consultancy.

The planning enforcement advice you need is just a phone call away.

Allow us to handle your planning application or appeal, no matter the size of your project