An updated Planning Enforcement Handbook for England has been launched today in an online event organised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
The handbook will ensure local authorities have access to the latest best practice advice in dealing effectively with a range of enforcement challenges.
It was written by members of the RTPI’s National Association of Planning Enforcement (NAPE), and funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG).
The online launch featured presentations by many of the handbook’s authors, including NAPE chairman Neill Whittaker MRTPI and Izindi Visagie LARTPI, both of Ivy Legal, Scott Stemp of No5 Chambers, and NAPE Deputy Chair Craig Allison of Hambleton District Council.
The RTPI’s Immediate Past President Ian Tant MRTPI also spoke at the event. He said: “This new handbook is an important guide for planners and for planning enforcers and I am delighted to have provided its foreword. I am particularly pleased that it is supported by MHCLG, lending Government support to this essential part of the planning system for England.
“Throughout my term as President, I was keen to give due regard to the work of our planning enforcers, who do so much to uphold the system and take action where appropriate against those who seek to avoid important policy objectives and necessary planning controls.”
Current RTPI President Sue Manns FRTPI said: “I am delighted that NAPE have published this handbook and pleased to be able to continue the work of my predecessor in highlighting the vital role of those working to enforce planning control. I know from first hand experience just how valuable this NAPE handbook will be for all those involved in this important work.“
The RTPI says that the handbook will be reviewed and updated at regular intervals by NAPE Management Committee members.
Download the handbook in full here