Enforcement Statement and Policy

Winchester City Council attaches great importance to the protection and enhancement of the natural and built environments of the District through the planning process. Compliance with and respect for that process are both essential and expected, and the Council will not condone wilful breaches of planning law.

While enforcement action will always need to be commensurate with the breach to which it relates, the Council will not hesitate to be firm and robust in its response in appropriate circumstances, including recourse to the Courts.

While every effort will be made to resolve inadvertent or minor breaches through discussion and retrospective applications, more serious breaches (including those considered to be wilful) are likely to result in positive enforcement action.

Contact: planning@winchester.gov.uk, please add Planning Enforcement Complaint within the subject line, this will speed up the response as this is a generic planning email.