The most significant findings are:
-- There are few concerns about the comprehensiveness of the
new and revised powers, but these are offset by a reluctance
-- Attitudes to the effectiveness of the new and revised powers
are very positive, but there are wide variations in their use in
-- Resources for effective and efficient enforcement are a key
concern, coupled with the increasing level of enforcement
work generated by dedicated enforcement staff
-- There is a need for a local policy framework within which to
set enforcement action
Mr Chisholm said:
'The purpose of the Review of Planning Enforcement was to
assess the extent to which these new and revised enforcement
provisions have improved the effectiveness of the enforcement process.
This was done by assessing the practical operation of the new and
amended enforcement provisions; by identifying and evaluating any
percieved shortcomings, and by making recommendations on the
options for improvements to be made.
'The research has identified a number of key areas of effective
planning enforcement, including speedy and appropriate action to
ensure lasting outcomes, effective resourcing and management of the
enforcement process, and strong organisational relationships within
and between planning authorities.'
1.The research report Review of Planning Enforcement was
prepared by a Heriot Watt/Edinburgh College of Art Research Team.
The work relied on the co-operation of Local Authority planning
departments. The research was commissioned as part of the
Department's Research programmed approved by ministers in 1995
into the new and revised powers of enforcement contained in the
Planning and Compensation Act 1991.
2.The report expresses the researchers' own views. It has been
published to assist in assessing the extent to which the new and revised provisions of the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 have improved the ease and speed of carrying out the enforcement process. It follows on from research carried out in England and Wales which has resulted in the recent publication of a Consolidated Circular and Good Practice Guide by DETR. It is the intention of the department to follow up this research with the production of a Consolidated Circular and Planning Advice Note.