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Enforcement of planning controls is essential, says RTPI Network Chair

27 October 2017

Enforcement of planning controls is essential to maintain public and political trust in the planning system. Enforcement officers, often the public face of the planning system, ensure that policies and decisions are respected and complied with, a RTPI Network Chair will say at an upcoming national planning enforcement conference.

Dave Westhead AssocRTPI, Chair of the National Association for Planning Enforcement, the network representing planning enforcement officers across the UK will say:

“Enforcement helps maintain the integrity of the planning system. Officers deal with difficult situations and people face to face on a daily basis. Officers must deal with, emotional – often developers or complainants - tactfully whilst ensuring that unauthorised development is dealt with.”

“It is to the credit of enforcement officers that most breaches are resolved by negotiation. Yet, enforcement is often seen as an easy target when it comes to cuts and is probably the most under resourced part of any planning department.

“It is therefore essential that enforcement officers maintain and improve their skills so that they stay at the forefront of planning.”

NAPE Annual Conference

The RTPI’s NAPE is committed to ensuring that enforcement stays at the forefront of planning. To ensure enforcement officers develop their skills, NAPE hold an annual conference to share best practice, knowledge, receive updates on the latest enforcement issues as well as networking.

This year’s NAPE Annual Conference is being held in Edinburgh on 9 November. The conference is free to NAPE Members thanks to the generous support of sponsors No 5. Chambers and hosts Edinburgh City Council.

Read: full conference programme

Book: conference tickets

Join: RTPI NAPE