Taking a look at the Dorset stats for 2018, North Dorset, Purbeck and Weymouth and Portland all join the ‘laid back’ club (unless there really are no planning contraventions happening out there – which doesn’t appear to be the case from what I have heard), with no enforcement notices and only two planning contravention notices served (both in North Dorset). West Dorset is also well below average (with 2 enforcement notices and 3 planning contravention notices served). Only East Dorset (serving 6 enforcement notices and 13 planning contravention notices) was anywhere near “average” for a shire district. To put this in perspective, across the Dorset Council area, there was 1 enforcement notice served for every 446 planning applications received.
Makes me wonder how many enforcement officers will be deemed necessary in the new Council – how “expedient” are they?https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-planning-application-statistics#reference-tables