In dealing with the regular flow of planning matters in the parish, the Parish Council often faces frustrations relating to enforcement action around breaches of planning permission. Some landowners disregard due process to press ahead with works without permission, and ignore enforcement notices, regardless of the rights of others. The PC monitors and does all it can to resist these cases, but the mechanisms available to support us (in the legal system, and at District Council level) are unfortunately slow and limited: the current planning framework is frankly vulnerable to determined and well-funded manipulation. However, within our non-political and constrained role, the PC will continue working closely with Horsham District Council to control this chronic problem as much as possible, and appreciates the support of our residents in this work.
You can also request from the Clerk a copy of the current set of enforcement cases being monitored by the Parish Council.