Planning Enforcement

Planning Enforcement

We attach great importance to the protection and enhancement of the natural and built environments of the District through the planning process. The Government has made it clear through legislation and guidance that the response to breaches of planning control is a matter for the discretion of the local authority. To justify enforcement action there must be ‘harm’ arising from the development. We have to decide if that is the case and, if so, what we are going to do about it.

If you suspect there has been a breach of planning control, please let us know. Whilst we investigate all complaints whether by email, phone or in person at planning reception, it assists us to investigate if you make your complaint in writing setting out all the information including:

  • full site address - if there is no postal address, detailed directions to the location avoid delays in logging your complaint
  • owner or the occupier of the land if known
  • date when you first noted the problem
  • your full contact details in order for us to update you on the investigation - name, postal address, telephone number and/or email address

We cannot investigate anonymous complaints but all details will be treated in confidence. Your identity will not be revealed at any stage of the investigation, and our enforcement files are not available for public inspection.

However, if a request is made under the Freedom of Information Act, then details relating to complaints and the investigation of the complaint may be made available.

How to report an alleged breach of planning control

If someone believes that a breach of planning control has occurred, they should notify the Council’s Planning Enforcement Team using one of the following options:

  • using the reporting page: Report ;
  • by email to:
  • in writing to: Planning Enforcement Team, Winchester City Council, City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester, SO23 9LJ;
  • by telephone: 01962 848480; or
  • visiting the City Offices and speaking to one of the Planning Enforcement Team’s Officers.