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Potential Scrutiny Workplan Item - Planning Enforcement

Meeting: 24/01/2023 - Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Item 502)

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To consider the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance (copy enclosed).

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The Committee considered the report of the Director of Strategy Performance and Governance originating from a scrutiny request from Councillor C Swain which reflected similar concerns from other Members regarding planning enforcement.


The Chairman introduced the report and deferred to the Corporate Governance Project Officer to present the detail. The Officer advised that this was before the Committee previously following concerns regarding the historic backlog. Further information had been requested on performance and the enforcement policy, and this was now provided having been notified to the Working Group. Although this had previously been a ‘watching brief’ item, there was an opportunity for Members now to request actual scrutiny of the issues raised.


A debate ensued where concerns were raised regarding the presentation of enforcement cases in the monthly list to Members, which was being addressed, members also raised concern around delays in taking action and the perception that enforcement is not working. Councillor Mayes raised that was necessary to establish a timeline for completion of an enforcement issue and to reassure residents that the Council will take appropriate action.