The UK Government has amended a provision in the Localism Bill which would have strengthened local authorities’ powers to address abuses of the planning system where there had been a breach of planning control through “concealment by inactivity” (apparently that means a failure to report it – you think they might just say that).
The amended Bill will allow authorities to pursue enforcement orders where the limitation period has expired when a breach of planning rules has been concealed by any means other than inactivity. So, any doubts about enforcement action being an appropriate remedy where houses have been hidden away behind hay bales, will now be removed.
I quite like this provision, but not thrilled about the terminology.
On August 12, 2011