Planning enforcement – keep talking

This week Plainview Planning have successfully managed to get an enforcement notice withdrawn in advance of a pending Public Inquiry.

It is a timely reminder of the importance of keeping in contact with enforcement and planning departments, rather than collectively sleep-walking into an unnecessary appeal and the associated costs.

The case involved an alleged breach of planning control involving a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and self-contained flats.

An appeal was lodged with a comprehensive case covering grounds A, B, C and D. We also queried whether the enforcement notice was valid.

Following the submission of the appeal, we set out the appellant’s position in a ‘without prejudice’ letter, and suggested that the London Borough of Haringey could withdraw the notice under s173A of The Town and Country Planning Act 1990. The Local Planning Authority responded in an open-minded and pragmatic way, saving all parties time, money and headaches.

The moral of this story… don’t stop talking after you lodge a planning appeal.

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