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Planning law can be extremely complicated. The following information is designed only to be a guide.
A breach of planning control occurs when development such as building works or a material change of use of land or a building takes place without planning permission.
In most cases it is not an offence to undertake development without consent, but the Council does have the powers to remedy such breaches.
This can be done by, for instance, requiring changes to be made, getting the development removed or the use stopped, or in some cases giving planning permission.