Report a planning breach

It is a breach of planning control if you do not get planning permission or consent for a development that requires it. Breaches of planning control are generally not criminal offences. However, it is a criminal offense to display unauthorised advertisements or work on a listed building or protected trees without permission. Our Enforcement Strategy document sets out how we operate:

Breaches include:

  • Development (building/engineering works or change of use of property/land) without planning permission
  • Not keeping to the planning permission, either for an approved plan or the failure to follow conditions
  • Carrying out of works to a listed building without consent, including the installation of UPVC windows
  • Felling or working on a tree which is under a Tree Preservation Order or which is within a Conservation Area
  • Demolition of a building within a Conservation Area
  • Using a mobile home as a residence
  • Unauthorised advertisements
  • Fencing
  • Action can be taken regarding the untidy condition of land

Not considered breaches:

  • On-street parking of commercial vehicles in residential area
  • Operating a business from home but the primary use is still residential and there is no adverse impact on amenity
  • Parking a mobile home within the grounds of your home, provided that it is used for storage or an extra bedroom
  • Clearing land of undergrowth, bushes and trees, as long as they are not under a Tree Preservation Order or in a Conservation Area

Make an Enforcement Complaint

All complaints must be made in writing providing your name, postal address and contact telephone number using the Enforcement complaint form.

When you report a breach of planning control, details of your complaint may become public. However your name and address will NOT be revealed to the person or organisation involved in the alleged breach.

We will try to acknowledge your complaint within five working days of receiving it. At this time, we will advise you of the complaint reference number and the enforcement case officer.

Enforcement notices
enforcement notices
DateThe landThe alleged breachEnforcement notice
13.08.18

Land East of Hambrook Meadows

Broad Road

Hambrook

Without planning permission, change of use of the land to a mixed use for equestrian purposes and for the storage of a caravan, shipping container, flat bed pick-up truck, dumper truck, cement mixer, fence panels, ladder, vintage tractor, SUV vehicle, flat bed metal-sided trailer, fairground ride equipment and a box trailer.pdf icon Hambrook Meadows - Enforcement Notice - CH 56 [4Mb]
13.08.18

Land at Little Oak Farm

Land North of Cowdry Nursery

Sidlesham Lane

Birdham

West Sussex

Without planning permission, the erection of a timber building with a tiled roofpdf icon Little Oak Farm - Enforcement Notice - BI-40 [4Mb]
01.08.18

Crouchland Farm

Rickmans Lane

Plaistow

Without planning permission, the erection of a steel framed lean-to building.

pdf icon Crouchland Farm - Enforcement Notice - PS-62 [4Mb]
01.08.18

Crouchland Farm

Rickmans Lane

Plaistow

Without planning permission, the erection of a separator tower building.pdf icon Crouchland Farm - Enforcement Notice - PS-63 [4Mb]
01.08.18

Crouchland Farm

Rickmans Lane

Plaistow

Without planning permission, the construction of a slurry lagoon, earth bund and fencing.pdf icon Crouchland Farm - Enforcement Notice - PS-64 [4Mb]
24.07.18

Land at Plot 12

North West of Premier Business Park

Birdham Road

Chichester

Without planning permission, change of use of the land to the storage of a caravan and a highway maintenance vehicle used for white line painting.pdf icon Plot 12 - Land NW of Premier Business Park - Enf Notice - BI-35 [4Mb]
24.07.18

Land at Plot 13

North West of Premier Business Park

Birdham Road

Chichester

Without planning permission, change of use of the land to the storage of a caravan and a diesel fuel oil tank.pdf icon Plot 13 - Land NW of Premier Business Park - Enf Notice - BI-36 [2Mb]
24.07.18

Land at Plot 14

North West of Premier Business Park

Birdham Road

Chichester

Without planning permission, change of use of the land to use for the storage of caravans and cars.pdf icon Plot 14 - Land NW of Premier Business Park - Enf Notice - BI-37 [4Mb]
23.07.18

Land at Building South of

2 Newfields

Newpound

Wisborough Green

Without planning permission, change of sue of the land to a mixed use for the repair of mot vehicles and the storage of motor vehicles, caravans, lorries, flat bed trailer frames, trailers, tyres, vehicle components, gas bottles, wooden pallets, plastic sacks and plastic wrap, tarpaulin, showmen caravans, vintage lorries, wheelbarrows, metal containers, metal frames, bathroom unit, carpet, scrap wood, petrol cans, milk churns, aerials, ladders, green garden waste, hoses, scrap metal and general household items.pdf icon Land and Bldg south of 2 Newfields - Enforcement Notice - WR-25 [2Mb]
18.07.18

Land North-West of Little Cottage

28 Coates Lane

Fittleworth

Without planning permission, change of use of the land to garden land.pdf icon Little Cottage - Enforcement Notice FT-9 [4Mb]
18.07.18

Land South-West of

Racton View

Marlpit Lane

Hambrook

Without planning permission, the erection of brick piers, wing walls, fencing and entrance gatespdf icon Racton View - Enforcement Notice WE-45 [4Mb]
02.07.18

Land at Foxbury Farm

West Burton Lane

West Burton

Without planning permission, construction of a concrete hardstanding.pdf icon Foxbury Farm - Enforcement Notice - BY-26 [4Mb]
10.07.18

Land rear of

42 Middleton Close

Bracklesham Bay

Without planning permission, the use of the Land as garden land in connection with the dwelling house.pdf icon 42 Middleton Close - Enforcement Notice - EW-44 [4Mb]
11.07.18

Kellys Nursery

Kellys Farm

Bell Lane

Birdham

Without planning permission, the erection of a buildinpdf icon Kellys Farm - Enforcement Notice - BI-38 [4Mb]
27.06.18

Land at Home Paddock Stables

Hambrook Hill North

Hambrook

Without planning permission, change of use of the Land to a mixed use for equine purposes and the stationing of a mobile shepherd's hut for the purposes of human habitationpdf icon Home Paddocks - Enforcement Notice - WE-44 [4Mb]
27.06.18

Cowdown Farm

Cowdown Lane

Compton

Without planning permission, change of use of the Building to use for the stationing of a caravan for the purposes of human habitation (CP/7)pdf icon Cowdown Farm - Enforcement Notice - CP 7 [2Mb]
04.07.18

Cowdown Farm

Cowdown Lane

Compton

Without planning permission, the construction of a gable end wall in the west elevation of the building supporting a new first floor within the building (CP/(9)pdf icon Building at Cowdown Farm - Enforcement Notice - CP-9 [4Mb]
19.06.18

Land west of Jct with

Dangstein Rd and

Borden Ln,

Borden Milland.

Without planning permission change of use to mixed use of camping, education and training courses and manufacture of wood productspdf icon Land west of Jct with Dangstein Rd and Borden Ln - Enforcement Notice - ML 25 [4Mb]
14.06.18

Land at Dragon Nursery

Third Avenue

Batchmere

Without planning permission, the construction of outer walls of a buildingpdf icon Dragon Nursery Enforcement Notice E-31 [4Mb]
13.06.18

Building at Flint Acre Farm

Bignor Park Road

Bignor

Without planning permission, change of use of the building to use as a single dwelling housepdf icon Flint Acres Farm - Enforcement Notice BY 25 [4Mb]
10.04.18

Land at Old Army Camp

Cemetery Lane

Westbourne

Without planning permission, change of use of the land to use as a civil engineering contractor's yardpdf icon Enforcement Notice - Land at the Old Army Camp - WE 40 [4Mb]
10.04.18

Land at Old Army Camp

Cemetery Lane

Westbourne

Without planning permission, change of use of the land to use for the storage of portable site office cabins, container cabins, portable toilet blocks and commercial vehiclespdf icon Enforcement Notice - Land at the Old Army Camp - WE 41 [4Mb]
10.04.18

Land at Old Army Camp

Cemetery Lane

Westbourne

Without planning permission, change of use of the land to use for the storage of metal skips, building materials, scaffolding equipment, lifting platforms, storage racks, engine parts, commercial vehicles, HGV's, redundant vehicles and truck bodiespdf icon Enforcement Notice - Land at the Old Army Camp - WE 42 [4Mb]
10.04.18

Land at Old Army Camp

Cemetery Lane

Westbourne

Without planning permission, change of use of the land to a mix use of a civil engineering contractor's yard, for the storage and use of the building for vehicle repair and servicingpdf icon Enforcement Notice - Land at the Old Army Camp - WE 43 [4Mb]
28.02.18

Paddock View

Drift Lane

Chidham

Chichester

Without planning permission the construction of a concrete hard standing, a paved area, brick steps and a brick wall.pdf icon Enforcement Notice - Land at Paddock View -CH 55 [4Mb]
26.02.18

Land Northwest of

Laundry Cottage

Dangstein Woods

Dangstein Road

Rogate

GU31 5BZ

Without planning permission, change of use of the land to a mixed use for leisure, education and training purposes and for the production of timber products.pdf icon Enforcement Notice Land Northwest of Laundry Cottage RG-36 [4Mb]
20.12.17

Land at Stoney Lodge

School Lane

North Mundham

Chichester

PO20 1LA

Without planning permission, change of use of the land to use for the storage of  metal container units, cars, a motor bike, top box, fabric, shed, metal items, gas cylinders/bottles, car body parts, plastic chairs, trailers, towing cable, assorted metal and plastic containers, motor vehicle parts and other sundry items.pdf icon Enforcement Notice - Stoney Lodge - NM-27 [4Mb]

13.12.17

Kellys Farm

Bell Lane

Birdham

Chichester

PO20 7HY

Without planning permission, change of use of the land to mixed use as a horticultural nursery and operation of a car wash business.pdf icon Enforcement Notice - Kellys Farm [4Mb]
04.01.18

New Barn Farm

Common Road

Funtington

Chichester

PO189DA

Without planning permission, change of use of the land to B8 commercial storagepdf icon Enforcement Notice - New Farm Barn FU-66 [4Mb]
Stop notices

Stop notices

DateThe landThe alleged breachEnforcement notice

 

   

 

Breach of Condition Notices

Breach of condition notices

DateThe landThe alleged breachPeriod for compliance
13.08.18

Land adjacent to
Timberley Farm

Bury Common

Bury

The relevant planning permission to which this notice relates is the permission granted by the Council on 18 May 2015 for "Construction of temporary compound areas and access routes to support all necessary works for the replacement of the viaduct (Sub structure and Super Structure) known as Thorndell Viaduct.  The compound is to be located between the A29 and Timberley Farm", ref. SDNPO/14/05275/FUL

The following condition has not been complied with:

2) The use of the land hereby permitted shall be discontinued permanently and the land restored to its former condition, or to a condition to be agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority, on or before the expiration of 31st December 2015 in accordance with a scheme of work submitted to and approved by the South Downs National Park Authority in writing.

2 months
02.07.18

139 Salthill Road

Fishbourne

The relevant planning permission to which this notice relates is the permission granted by the Council on 12 September 2017 for "Part retrospective application comprising the variation to condition 1 (boundary treatments) to permission FB/16/01489/FUL"

The following condition of planning permission FB/17/01092/FUL has not been complied with:

1) The development hereby permitted shall not be carried out other than in accordance with approved plans: 16096-004 Rev C Site Plan Detailed and 16096-002 Rev A Site Plan As Applied For.

2 months
03.07.18

Land at Brook Lea

Selsey Road

Hunston

The relevant planning permission to which this notice relates is the permission granted by the Council on 26 April 2017 for the construction of 5 no. dwellings and associated works (minor amendment to outline planning permission 16/00856/OUT and associated reserved matters 16/02672/REM)" Brook Lea, Selsey Road, Hunston, Chichester, West Sussex ref. HN/17/00314/FUL.

The following condition has not been complied with:‑

11) No Part of the development hereby permitted shall be first occupied until visibility splays of 2.4 x 43 metres have been provided at the existing site vehicular access onto B2145, in accordance with the approved planning drawings. Once provided the splays shall thereafter be maintained and kept free of all obstructions over a height of 0.6 metre above adjoining carriageway level or as otherwise agreed.

28 days
19.06.18

3 Claypit Cottages

Linch Road

Redford

Woolbeding

The relevant planning permission to which this notice relates is the permission granted by the Council on 12th January 2017 for "variation of condition 1 and 4 from planning permission SDNP/15/05548/HOUS addition of 3m x 3m extension and amendments to external brickwork"

The following condition has not been complied with:

3.  The development hereby approved shall not be carried out otherwise than in complete accordance with the submitted plans and specifications noted on the approved plans.  All aspects of the scheme hereby approved shall be completed before the development is brought into use, unless otherwise agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority.

6 months
11.05.18

Land South of Clappers Lane

Earnley

The relevant planning permission to which this notice relates is the permission granted on Appeal for "The erection of 110 residential dwellings, new vehicular access, open space, and other ancillary works. Reference EWB/14/01806/OUT".

The following condition of planning permission 14/01806/OUT (allowed at appeal APP/L3815/W/14/3000690) has not been complied with:

15. The construction of the development and associated works shall not take place on Sundays or Public Holidays or any time otherwise than between the hours of 0730 hours and 1730 hours Mondays to Fridays and 0900 hours
and 1300 hours on Saturdays.

28 days
26.03.18

Torberry Hill House

Torberry Lane

South Harting

Petersfield

West Sussex

The relevant planning permission to which this notice relates is granted by the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (GPGO), Part 4, Class A - temporary buildings and structures for;-

A. The provision on land of buildings, moveable structures, works, plant or machinery required temporarily in connection with and for the duration of operations being or to be carried out on, in, under or over that land or on land adjoining that land.

The following condition has not been complied with: ‑

A.2 Development is permitted by Class A subject to the conditions that, when the operations have been carried out—

(a) any building, structure, works, plant or machinery permitted by Class A is removed, and
(b) any adjoining land on which development permitted by Class A has been carried out is, as soon as reasonably practicable, reinstated to its condition before that development was carried out.

3 months
19.02.18

Land at Colworth Manor Farm

Colworth Lane

Colworth

The relevant planning permission to which this notice relates is the permission granted by the Council on 15th May 2017 for Polytunnels for soft fruit production at Gibbons Field, Colworth Manor Farm, Colworth Lane, Colworth, Chichester, West Sussex, reference: O/17/00034/FUL.

The following condition has not been complied with:‑

3)  No development shall commence until details of a scheme of passing place construction on Colworth Lane and a timetable for its implementation have been submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority. For the avoidance of doubt the scheme shall be based on the approved application drawing entitled Passing Place Plan and shall include details of the passing places' locations, dimensions and method of construction. The passing places shall be constructed in accordance with the approved details and timetable and thereafter maintained in a condition that is fit for purpose in perpetuity.

28 Days
20.12.17

Land North of Chaucer Drive

West Wittering

Chichester

The relevant planning permission to which this notice relates is the permission granted by the Council on 20th June 2014 for "Erection of 50 residential dwellings with associated access, parking, landscaping, open space and works" , reference WW/13/03286/FUL.

 

The following condition has not been complied with:‑

 

6) Development shall not commence until full details of the proposed surface water drainage scheme have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. This includes the swale and pond details for which full cross sections shall also be provided. The design should follow the hierarchy of preference for different types of surface water drainage disposal systems as set out in Approved Document H of the Building Regulations and the SUDS Manual produced by CIRIA.

28 Days

 

High Hedges

Our role is not to mediate or negotiate between you and your neighbour but to act as a neutral third party on whether the hedge is adversely affecting the reasonable enjoyment of your property. We must strike a balance between the competing interests of you and the hedge owner, as well as those of the wider community.

Provided you have exhausted all other avenues for resolving a hedge dispute, you can forward your complaint to us by submitting detailed forms, support evidence, other documentation and a fee of £300

  • The complaint will either be dismissed or a formal notice will be issued to the hedge owner that sets out what they are required to do to fix the problem.
  • In most cases this would amount to a reduction in height of no less than two metres (6ft 6ins).
  • The notice would also set a time limit by when the work should be carried out and a requirement that the maximum height is maintained.
  • Failure to carry out the works is an offence which, on conviction, could lead to a fine of up to £1000.
  • In addition, a daily fine can be imposed for continued failure to carry out the work following prosecution.
  • We can carry out the work and recover its costs if the owner fails to do so.