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Importance of planning enforcement highlighted

08 November 2013

Dr Peter GeraghtyThe RTPI’s planning enforcement network, NAPE, held its annual conference in Gateshead earlier this week, highlighting the importance of enforcement to the planning system.

Planning enforcement officers from across the UK attended presentations and workshops by leading barristers working in planning enforcement law and a review of the planning enforcement system in Wales from consultants ARUP.

There were also presentations on the Murfitt principle, how to use the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), how to use Injunctions legislation, and a discussion on Change of Use. Delegates responded positively that these items contained practical advice and insight that would directly benefit them in carrying out their roles.

Additionally, showing warm appreciation for the planning enforcement community during his presentation at the event, the RTPI's President Dr Geraghty praised the great work being done by enforcement officer “heroes” across the UK, stressing that “the role of planning enforcement underpins the integrity of the entire planning system.”

Dave Westhead, NAPE Chair, added: “It was a great day, full of practical advice and insights that will help planning enforcement officers be more effective in their job.”