Book review: Planning enforcement

2nd May 2014

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Peter Traves

Planning enforcement

Richard Harwood QC / Bloomsbury / £75 / ISBN: 978-1-7804-3178-9

Planning enforcement is a landscape of constantly changing legislative provisions, guidance and case law. Anyone stepping into this arena needs clear, effective advice. The second edition of Planning enforcement provides just that. It brings together a comprehensive review of the established and updated regulatory framework, as well as new statutory regimes, such as development consent orders.

Some 23 chapters, supplemented by appendices that include model forms to deal with every enforcement situation, ensure the reader has a comprehensive grasp of the diverse issues.

Alongside covering practical matters, such as the decision to enforce, obtaining information and drafting notices, this edition expands on the two thorniest issues of recent years: whether something is in breach of planning control and the application of time limits. Other topics include:

  • appeals against and challenges to enforcement notices;
  • enforcing notices: prosecution and direct action;
  • EIA considerations;
  • stop notices;
  • breach of condition notices;
  • injunctions;
  • discontinuance;
  • trees and hedgerows;
  • advertising control;
  • planning obligations;
  • hazardous substances; and
  • lawful development certificates.

Relevant case law is ued to clarify the nub of disputed issues.

Whether you are pursuing an enforcement action or constructing a defence, having a “bible” on the subject is invaluable. Planners and practitioners from other disciplines involved in enforcement will benefit enormously from having this book in their library.

Robin Newlove is an associate at URS

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