Recent statements in this category are shown below:

  • Peterborough City Council (19 001 579)

    Statement Not upheld Enforcement 11-Oct-2019

    Summary: The Council has properly investigated a breach of planning permission; it is considering an amended planning application to address the breach. The Council has no control over the amenity impact from a stairwell, as it is at a development that has been granted permitted development rights by the Government. It does have an impact on Ms B, but the Council has no powers to act. The conservation area and locally listed buildings provide the Council with no extra powers to help Ms B. The Council could have dealt better with Ms B's complaint, but I find this did not cause a significant impact and was a minor issue.

  • North Norfolk District Council (18 019 836)

    Statement Not upheld Enforcement 09-Oct-2019

    Summary: Mr X complains the Council was at fault in the way it responded to his complaints about a breach of planning control for a landscaping scheme at a nearby development. The Ombudsman has found no evidence of fault in the way the Council considered these matters.

  • Redcar & Cleveland Council (18 016 412)

    Statement Not upheld Enforcement 08-Oct-2019

    Summary: The Ombudsman will not investigate this complaint about the Council deciding not to take enforcement action against the change of use of land to a car park. This is because the complaint is late, and it is reasonable to expect the complainant to have contacted the Ombudsman within 12 months of becoming aware of his concerns about the use.

  • Shropshire Council (18 016 272)

    Statement Not upheld Enforcement 08-Oct-2019

    Summary: Ms C complains about how the Council dealt with development next door to her home which has an impact on her amenity. The Ombudsman finds no fault with the Council's actions in this matter.

  • South Oxfordshire District Council (18 019 249)

    Statement Upheld Enforcement 04-Oct-2019

    Summary: Resident X and six other residents complained the Council delayed and failed to take appropriate enforcement action for breaches of planning control on the occupiers of four plots of land near their homes. The Council was not at fault for how it carried out its enforcement investigation. It was at fault for failing to adequately communicate timescales and decisions to the complaints. It will apologise to Resident X and the six other residents for the uncertainty and time and trouble it caused.

  • Herefordshire Council (19 001 020)

    Statement Upheld Enforcement 03-Oct-2019

    Summary: Mr X complained the Council failed to take action about unauthorised development by his neighbour. We found the Council's decision not to take action was flawed. We recommended the decision was reviewed and the Council paid Mr X £250.

  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council (18 015 970)

    Statement Not upheld Enforcement 03-Oct-2019

    Summary: Mr X complains about the actions of the Council since 2011 in respect of planning enforcement relating to development of the pub next door to him. He says the Council has failed to act. The Ombudsman found no evidence of fault in this case. The Council cannot take enforcement action for older parts of the development because of the time that has passed. Newer aspects remain under investigation, but the Council is entitled to consider it is not currently expedient to take formal enforcement action.

  • Telford & Wrekin Council (18 019 356)

    Statement Not upheld Enforcement 26-Sep-2019

    Summary: Mr B says the Council has failed to take enforcement action in respect of the untidy condition of a farm adjoining his property and the storage of items which he considers to be Council waste and fly-tipped items. The Ombudsman is satisfied the Council has properly investigated Mr B's concerns. In the absence of fault, the Ombudsman does not question the Council's decision that there are no grounds to justify enforcement action.

  • Three Rivers District Council (19 002 095)

    Statement Not upheld Enforcement 26-Sep-2019

    Summary: Mr B complains the Council has allowed his neighbour to significantly increase land levels to create a patio and path. Mr B says his property is now at risk of flooding. We find the Council's decisions to grant planning permission and later to not take enforcement action were not affected by fault. This means we cannot say the Council's decisions were right or wrong. We have completed our investigation.

  • London Borough of Newham (18 018 967)

    Statement Not upheld Enforcement 25-Sep-2019

    Summary: Mr B complains about how the Council dealt with breaches of planning control at a development close to his home. I have completed my investigation on the basis that there was no fault in the way the Council dealt with the matter.