Compliance and enforcement are essential in controlling works and advertisements to conserve the special qualities of the Lake District.
We offer planning advice to help people understand our policies and implement them correctly. Unfortunately breaches of planning control sometimes occur. We investigate alleged breaches of planning control and take appropriate enforcement action where necessary.
We are committed to the principles of good enforcement including: clear standards, openness, helpfulness, proportionality and consistency. We have adopted the central and local government Concordat on Good Enforcement (PDF) for the Lake District, which sets out our approach to this area of our work.
If you think a breach of planning control is taking place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
You can use our Compliance Concern Form (Word document).
We receive over 300 allegations of breaches of planning control each year. Our small team has been working remotely throughout the pandemic and providing a full range of planning services. Over recent months the capacity of the team has been very significantly reduced by caring responsibilities as a result of schools being closed and for various medical reasons unrelated to the pandemic. We have suspended discretionary services in order to safeguard the core statutory decision making function. We will continue to take enforcement action when it is in the public interest, although many new investigations will take significantly longer than usual.
Almost 40% of complaints we received in 2016/17 did not involve breaches of planning control.
Identified breaches of planning control can be tackled in a number of ways. We have discretion to take enforcement action, when it is expedient to do so having regard to the development plan (our policies) and any other material considerations (including the National Planning Policy Framework).
Often breaches of planning control are resolved without formal enforcement action - for example the owner or occupier may voluntarily remedy the breach. Sometimes it may be appropriate to regularise the breach with a retrospective permission. In some cases it may be necessary to take formal action. In other cases it may not be expedient to pursue formal action even though voluntary resolution or regularisation cannot be achieved. More information can be found in the Government’s National Planning Practice Guidance.