The enforcement and monitoring functions are integral to Planning service in the National Park. If the appropriate permission or consent is not obtained prior to starting work on site then there may be a breach of planning control and in some cases, the unauthorised works may be an offence.
Failure to secure planning permission can undermine the credibility of the planning system and frequently disadvantages owners who later want to sell but do not have permission for a something that contributes to the value of their property. It also denies the public an opportunity to express their view of what is proposed and it disadvantages the development itself because it is not subject to an assessment and review by relevant consultees – a process which frequently leads to improvements in the overall quality of the development.
For more information see our advice leaflet Enforcement Monitoring advice leaflet.
If you are aware of possible unauthorised building work or non-compliance with approved plans please let us know by sending us in your enquiry using our Form to report a potential planning breach. You can either email or post it to us using the contact details below. Alternatively, if you would prefer not to complete the form, you can phone our Planning Information Officer on 01389 722024 and ask to speak to one of our planning officers.
We are required to keep a public register of enforcement notices served and these can be viewed on our Enforcement Register. We are committed to providing an excellent service to our customers and our Enforcement Charter – as reviewed and updated November 2016, provides details of our enforcement service standards.
All planning permissions are monitored to ensure compliance with the approved plans and conditions, particularly in the sensitive environment of the National Park. This section provides important information for applicants who have received planning permission.
Discharging of Conditions
Applicants should read their Decision Notices carefully as there may be conditions that require approval from the planning authority prior to starting any work on site or prior to starting a certain part of the development. Such conditions may include the submission of samples, a new access or further details. It is important to fully discharge all conditions because failure to do so may invalidate the planning permission.
Notice of Initiation and Completion of Development
Before any works start on site you should submit a ‘Notice of Initiation of Development’ to us and when building works are complete, a ‘Notice of Completion of Development’. You will receive a copy of these notices with your Decision Notice but if you lose them you can download a blank notice below:
Site Notice – Development in Progress
During construction, all planning applications which fall into the category of national or major, or are defined as ‘bad neighbour’ development, should have a site notice displayed in a prominent location on or near the site. We have prepared example and blank site notices for your use but you are allowed to prepare your own version so long as it contains the same information:
As of 1 April 2014 legislation called the High Hedges (Scotland) Act 2013 allows householders to apply to their local authority for a high hedge notice where they:
i) believe the enjoyment of their property is being adversely affected by a neighbour’s hedge by reason of it forming a barrier to light; and
ii) have tried to resolve the problem with their neighbour.
An application must be made to the local authority and not to the National Park Authority, including for high hedges lying within the National Park. Please follow the links below to the local authority websites.