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Change to the Time Periods for Taking Planning Enforcement Action

Published on Fri, 11 Nov 2011 by legislation.planning@doeni.gov.uk.
Change to the Time Periods for taking Planning Enforcement Action
The Department has introduced new legislation to provide for a 5 year time period, instead of 4 and 10 years, for taking enforcement action against breaches of planning control.
The change is one of a series of measures included within the Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 to strengthen and simplify enforcement powers. This legislation is necessary to standardise and simplify the range of options.  The new provisions should result in a more efficient system of control, less confusion and greater clarity in dealing with breaches of planning control.  
While the bulk of the Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 will not come into force until planning powers transfer to councils at a time to be decided by the Assembly, the 5 year time period will come into effect from 1 December 2011 and provide a balanced and simplified approach to planning enforcement at an early stage.
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