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RTPI secures government funding for enforcement handbook

13 September 2019

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that it will work in partnership with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) to update the England Enforcement Handbook.

Funding for the new handbook is part of a £1.5m government package for the 2019/20 financial year with the aim of helping local authorities deal with unauthorised development.

The RTPI say that the handbook, which will be reviewed and updated by RTPI network the National Association of Planning Enforcement (NAPE), will help ensure local authorities have access to the latest best practice advice on how to deal effectively with a range of enforcement challenges.

NAPE Chair Neill Whittaker said:

“We’re really pleased to be working in partnership with MHCLG to refresh the National Association of Planning Enforcement handbook for England.

“The updated handbook will support enforcement officers in carrying out their roles covering a range of topics including the Proceeds of Crime Act, lone working, the General Permitted Development Order and advances in technology.

“The NAPE project team are currently working on the details for the updated handbook and three launch events are due to be held across England in Spring 2020.”


NAPE promotes and enhances the role of planning enforcement within the planning profession. All RTPI members are able to join – for more details, click here