Planning enforcement and appeals

Reporting a breach

If you believe you have seen a planning enforcement matter, check if the work has been the subject of a planning application. You can also check the national Planning Portal (link opens in new window) website as some small scale development may not actually require planning approval.

Please report any type of alleged breach of planning control online (link opens in new window)

Please provide:

  • your name, address, email address and contact telephone number
  • the name and address of the person carrying out the works
  • the location of the site
  • details of the complaint
  • what harm is being caused to you and the area generally

All concerns are treated in confidence, but we may need to contact you for further information and to discuss your concerns.

If you are unable to report the issue online, please write to us.

The Planning Enforcement Team

Central Bedfordshire Council
Priory House
Monks Walk
Chicksands
Shefford
Bedfordshire
SG17 5TQ

Tel: 0300 300 8307
Email: planning.enforcement@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Report an unauthorised encampment

Email: property.info@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Please tell us:

  • where the encampment is
  • how many vehicles there are
  • when you first saw the encampment

We must first find out who owns the land. If the land is privately owned it is the landowner’s responsibility to either make a retrospective planning application or take action to ensure that the encampment is removed as soon as possible. If the landowner fails to remove an unauthorised encampment within a reasonably short time period we will consider taking action requiring them to do so.

If the encampment is on our land, we will take action to move gypsies and travellers on as peacefully and quickly as possible and may instruct bailiffs to undertake an initial visit. We must consider the general health, welfare and children's education and ensure that the Human Rights Act 1998 has been fully complied with. The average time for an unauthorised encampment between the initial bailiff’s visit and for gypsies and travellers to leave the site is 3 weeks.

Once vehicles have left an unauthorised encampment on the Highway or other council owned land, it will be inspected and any necessary work undertaken.

Useful information

Dealing with illegal and unauthorised encampments (PDF 81KB)

Planning enforcement plan (PDF 358.3KB)

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