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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Enforcement Service Update

Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak the Authority has had to adapt some of its working procedures. The Enforcement Team is still functioning with staff working from home. Due to this change of working procedure we are currently unable to make face to face site visits or hold meetings at our offices. We are still making some limited site visits. Please provide as much information when making your complaint (photos, site location plan and Google street view images are helpful) in order to allow us to assist you. For further information please visit We are not able to receive items by post (as we are working from home/remotely) so please do send us all correspondence electronically to

Enforcement Service

Enforcement is vital to safeguarding the quality of the landscape and buildings in the National Park. If you are concerned that a development is proceeding without the necessary consent or is not in accordance with a consent already granted you can report this in writing, by telephone, e-mail or using our on-line form. You should provide:

  • Clear details of what is causing you concern
  • Details of the location and address of the land or property
  • Your name, address and telephone number in order that we can let you know what is happening with the investigation
  • If known, details of the landowner/developer’s name and address

Your information will be dealt with in confidence and your name will not be disclosed to anyone, including the person you are making the complaint about.

Please use the  Planning Explorer website to report a Suspect Breach of Planning Control. You can either fill in the form , if you are aware of the  post code. Alternatively you may submit an enquiry/report using our mapping system. The mapping system allows you to plot the location where the suspected breach of planning control is occurring.

What happens next?

Investigating is often complex and time consuming and priority is given to those cases where the greatest harm is being caused. Investigation will include site visits, looking at the planning history of the site and having discussions with the owner and/or the person who has informed us. The Authority will decide whether or not a breach of control has occurred, determine an appropriate course of action and advise you of what has been decided.

There are several courses of action available where a breach of control is established:

  1. No further action is taken where the breach is minor in nature and does not harm the amenities of adjoining occupiers or the landscape or buildings in the National Park.
  2. A retrospective application is requested in order to regularise the development where the breach can be made acceptable by amendment or the imposition of conditions.
  3. A solution is negotiated that will mitigate the impact of the development or secure its removal altogether.
  4. Notice is served on the relevant parties specifying what action they are required to take to correct the breach and by when.  A register giving details of all Enforcement Notices served is available for inspection at our offices in Helmsley.

Further information about the enforcement service can be found in the Authority’s Enforcement Charter.

Useful links and information to download

Enforcement Charter (pdf)


Rosie Gee, Planning Team Leader (Enforcement)

Joseph Bourke, Planning Officer (Enforcement)

Hannah Thompson, Compliance Officer

Tel: 01439 772700