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Q&A on Planning Enforcement

Why would a Local Authority employ Ivy Legal?

 

To assist with Planning Enforcement activities where the Local Authority does not have the resources so to do. Ivy Legal can step in to take swift action in urgent ad hoc cases or can assist with longer term projects such as a wider review of backlogged cases.

 

 

 

Why is it important that Ivy Legal is a solicitor's firm?

 

As a law firm we ensure that the legal intricacies of planning enforcement activities are incorporated into the practical steps taken during the planning enforcement process. This ensures a swift effective outcome for planning enforcement problems.

 

 

 

 

 

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What is Direct Action?

 

Under Section 178 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, a Local Planning Authority may enter land and take steps to secure compliance with an enforcement notice. This is commonly known as taking ‘direct action’. It is commonly used in conjunction with Section 215 Notices (untidy land), but has much wider application. Ivy Legal can carry out Direct Action on behalf of local authorities to remedy breaches.

 

Which parts of the planning enforcement process can be taken care of by Ivy Legal?

 

Ivy Legal offers swift and cost-effective results in all areas of planning enforcement, including the following:

 

       Investigations

       Issuing enforcement notices

       Appeals

       Prosecutions

       Injunctions

       Direct action

       Obtaining a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act

Why is Planning Enforcement important?

 

Planning enforcement maintains the integrity of the planning system.