The Council's objectives in carrying out its enforcement duties are to:
- remedy the undesirable effects of unauthorised development on the environment and the amenities of residents;
- ensure that any planning permission granted is not compromised by non-compliance with the approved plans or any conditions; and
- ensure that planning policies, the planning process generally and the credibility of the planning system is not undermined.
In considering any enforcement action, the decisive issue for the Council will be whether the breach of planning control would unacceptably affect public amenity or the existing use of land and buildings meriting protection in the public interest.
Enforcement action should always be commensurate with the breach to which it relates.