development and protect the environment, announced planning minister
Keith Hill today.
England', the government has tabled an amendment to the Planning and
Compulsory Purchase Bill to enable local planning authorities (LPAs)
to issue a 'temporary stop notice' at the start of unauthorised
development, before an enforcement notice is served.
Mr Hill said:
'When someone starts damaging the local environment by breaking the
planning rules we want to ensure local authorities can act more
effectively. The temporary stop notice could be used across a wide
range of circumstances such as to stop the setting up a scrap yard or
haulage business without consent in the green belt.
'Communities must have confidence in the planning system, which will
only be the case if the rules are enforced. When we consulted on the
planning enforcement system the overwhelming response was 'we need to
be able to issue stop notices immediately.' So that's exactly what
Over 200 respondents to the review supported the idea of giving LPAs
the opportunity to issue a stop notice immediately, without having
first had to serve an enforcement notice. The amendment will now be
debated in the House of Lords.
1. Responses were invited to the Review of the Planning Enforcement
System in England between October and December 2002. We hope to
announce our conclusions later in the year.
2. The amendment is due to be tabled to the Planning and Compulsory
Purchase Bill. The Bill, published on 4 December 2002, is currently
in the House of Lords at Report stage.