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Enforcement Tracker

Meeting: 04/04/2019 - Planning Committee (Item 325)

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Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed Claire Cutts, the newly appointed Planning Enforcement Team Leader, to her first meeting of the Committee.

 

The Committee then considered the Planning Enforcement Tracker report setting out details of the current status of enforcement cases where formal notices had been served.

 

The Senior Planning Enforcement Officer advised the Committee that during the last quarter 133 enforcement cases had been received; 96 cases had been closed and 30 cases were still within the 10 day priority 2 Key Performance Indicator leaving 7 cases in three months which had not been closed probably because planning applications were awaited.

 

During the discussion, it was pointed out that the Tracker demonstrated the sheer scope and activity of the Planning Enforcement Service.  Reference was made to the importance of communication between Members and the Planning Enforcement Team.  It was suggested that greater emphasis should be placed on compliance with landscaping conditions, including the replacement of any trees or plants which fail within the specified period, and that there was a need to be proactive in the approach to ensuring that the paving of gardens in urban areas complies with planning regulations.  Specific reference was made to the need for a two pronged strategy of education and enforcement, and the Chairman undertook to consider, in consultation with the Vice-Chairman and the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Strategic Planning, Sustainability and Transportation Committee, how this might be taken forward.

 

RESOLVED:  That the report be noted.