Due to the current COVID-19 situation and the severe restrictions this places on officers (including site visits) we are not taking any new enforcement complaints at this time. We will review this position as and when Government advice changes. We apologise for any convenience this may cause at this time.
It would be advisable if you first visit the Council’s planning and building control website to ascertain what, if any planning permissions have been granted at the site. The website includes planning decisions and details about Tree Preservation Orders and Conservation Areas within the District.
The Council’s planning enforcement function does not deal with the following types of complaints:
- Neighbour disputes, including works to party walls, landownership issues, trivial domestic breaches of planning control driven by neighbour disputes and deeds of covenants issues. On non-planning matters you will need to seek your own legal advice.
- Non-taxed vehicles Please visit GOV.UK
- Smoke/dust/noise/vibration or odour Please contact Rother District Council Environmental Health Service on 01424 787000
- For Highways, please contact East Sussex County Council
- Breach of licenses for business premises Please contact Rother District Council Environmental Health service on 01424 787000
- Transfer of waste or household waste sites please contact East Sussex County council, waste management on 0345 6080194
- Dangerous Structures Please contact Rother & Hastings Building Control Partnership on 01424 787680
- Fly tipping
- Dog Fouling
If you still think there is a breach of planning control you will need to:
- Complete all sections (mandatory) of the enforcement complaint form otherwise your complaint will not be processed.
- Please attach any supporting evidence including photos, drawings (retaining a copy your own records) you think assist in explaining your complaint as they will speed up our investigation.
This is not a long or difficult process, but it is required to greatly assist our planning enforcement officers to obtain clear and specific details about the alleged breach.
Rother District Council reserves the right not to investigate your complaint unless you have fully completed the form.
There may also be occasions when the Council decides not to investigate your complaint if it is deemed not to be expedient and/or in the public interest to do so. You will be informed if it is decided not to investigate your complaint.
The Council will only acknowledge receipt of your complaint form via email.
I would ask you to think carefully in the first instance as to whether your allegation relates to a neighbour dispute and whether, in any case, it is in the public interest to pursue.
On this basis I look forward to receiving your completed enforcement complaint form which will enable us to attend to your concern. Please remember the form has a number of mandatory fields.
Please be aware the Council’s resources have been significantly reduced whilst, at the same time, our complaint workload remains very high. Consequently a PRIORITY system has been set up to deal with those alleged breaches which have the greatest potential impact thereby dealing with these allegations in the first instance. (Please see the priority table under related downloads)
This will inevitably lead to some delays in dealing with relatively minor alleged breaches of planning control. I would therefore appreciate your patience.
For any further information please follow the links below to the Local Enforcement Plan – Policy.
Service Manager – Strategy and Planning
|Priority||Type of alleged unauthorised Development||Investigation Timescale|
|High||As soon as possible, complaints given priority over medium and low category|
|Medium||As soon as possible, depending upon merits of the case|
|Low||As soon as possible, with all complaints placed in a queue from date of receipt|