The RTPI welcomes the announcement from the Department for Communities and Local Government of the new Planning Enforcement Fund.
Dave Westhead, Chair of the RTPI’s NAPE, said:
“NAPE, the Network for Planning Enforcement, supports the additional funding through the Planning Enforcement Fund and considers that it will assist Local Planning Authorities to deal with breaches of control which require injunctive action. We welcome the recognition that the enforcement of planning controls is a vital and integral part of the planning function ensuring that policies and decisions are complied with, retaining the public trust in the planning system.”
The RTPI has consistently stated its concern over the under resourcing of planning departments as a serious issue and is pleased by the allocation of additional funds for planning enforcement.
Planning enforcement is an important and distinct function within the planning system. It ensures that the consequences of decisions made as a result of planning applications being refused, or where applications haven’t been made in the first place, are carried through on the ground.
The RTPI’s NAPE promotes and enhances the role of planning enforcement within the planning profession through local and regional activity and encourages the sharing of good practice.
For more information about the NAPE click here.