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What is planning enforcement?

What is planning enforcement?

Our role is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the South Downs National Park.

As the planning authority for the National Park we expect land owners and developers to comply with planning laws and not carry out development without the necessary planning permission.

We are committed to ensuring that planning, and other environmental controls are enforced and where consent is granted, approved plans and conditions are followed.

We are responsible for planning enforcement within the National Park and have agreed unique partnerships with the Local Authorities operating within the National Park boundaries.

For seven of these authorities the SDNPA deals directly with the planning enforcement issues.

The other five authorities deal with planning enforcement issues on our behalf.

Complaints for which can be made using the on-line form.

Find out which authority will deal with your planning enforcement complaint here.

The South Downs Enforcement Guide explains how complaints are investigated, prioritised and what action we can take when planning permission is breached.


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