Havering 7th highest in UK for planning breaches.

  • thehaveringdaily.co.uk

Havering has seen 4,567 planning breaches in the last five years, making it the seventh highest in the UK.

GetAgent have collected data from local authorities in the UK to reveal Britain’s top 10 areas for planning permission breaches and Havering has ranked 7th: https://www.getagent.co.uk/blog/research/planning-permission-breaches

The full research also reveals the areas with the most formal action against planning Development Rights applications.

Since 2020, there have been over 4,500 complaints of alleged breaches in planning permission in Havering, of which only 6% led to enforcement notices.

The area has seen over 22% PDR applications for large householder extensions.

Founder and CEO of GetAgent.co.uk Colby Short has commented:

“A planning breach in itself is not illegal, however, if the breach involved a previously rejected development the council can issue an enforcement notice, which requires you to reference any changes. It is illegal to disobey an enforcement notice unless it is successfully appealed against. A person guilty is liable to an unlimited fine.
“Going through the correct process and obtaining planning permission before renovating your property can give you time to slow down the process and plan for the future. The planning permission application can also help reveal any unexpected issues early on, like building restrictions or conditions in your contract. One benefit is letting your neighbours know about the work you intend to do and considering how the design might look with the other houses on your street. You may not even need the local authorities permission to carry out the work, however the local planning authority will still need to determine ‘prior approval’ beforehand. 
“Permitted development rights (PDR) allow certain changes to be made to buildings without needing to submit a formal application for planning permission.  Permitted development rights are authorised under the government. Some cover the conversion of residential properties to commercial space, while others may cover home improvements like extensions
“Having authorised planning permission on your home can increase the value of the property and encourage a quicker sale. Many people are keen to expand their homes, so having the permission in place already could make the property much more appealing to buyers. It takes away the question of whether it would be granted in the future and allows them to visualise the space in the future.”

Top Ten list of planning breaches.

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