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Enforcement Notices and Appeals

Our experienced team of specialist Planning & Environmental Law solicitors, based in Reading and Henley-on-Thames, can advise you in relation to Enforcement Notices and Appeals.

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Where a breach of planning control has occurred, enforcement in respect of that breach does not necessarily always follow, however if an Enforcement Notice is issued it is important to seek professional advice both on the requirements of the Notice, and the deadlines within the Notice.

Should you not wish to comply with the terms of an Enforcement Notice, then an appeal must be submitted before the deadline stated in the Notice.  An appeal that is submitted after the deadline is invalid, meaning that the Enforcement Notice and its requirements cannot be challenged even if you consider that the terms of the Enforcement Notice are incorrect or unfair.

If an Enforcement Notice comes into effect, then failure to comply with the terms of the Enforcement Notice becomes a criminal offence for which you can be prosecuted. It is not a defence to the prosecution to argue that the terms of the Enforcement Notice were wrong, or that the development was in fact lawful at the time the notice was issue. The only opportunity to make those arguments is through submission of an Enforcement Appeal.

Specialist Advice

Our team of specialist planning lawyers have significant experience in advising on whether there are any technical grounds upon which to appeal an enforcement notice such a failure of service or drafting, as well as the substantial grounds of appeal that may be available. We often advise on the overarching strategy to adopt during the appeal process, as well as providing advice on the process itself including submission of the appeals.

We have good relationships with planning consultants, arboriculturalist, Counsel and other planning specialists who may be necessary to provide specialist evidence in support of the enforcement appeal, and often work as part of a professional team to provide a robust and cohesive response during an Enforcement Appeal.

Please see further information on our team of Planning  Environmental Law solicitors and our full range of services.

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Our Planning & Environmental Law Solicitors

For expert legal advice call our Planning & Environmental Law team
Reading 0118 951 6800 or Henley-on-Thames 01491 572 323

Karen Jones

Karen Jones

Partner, Planning & Environmental Law

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Victoria Charlesson

Victoria Charlesson

Associate Solicitor, Planning & Environmental Law

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Kayleigh Chapman

Kayleigh Chapman

Solicitor, Planning & Environmental Law

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Louise Low

Louise Low

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Why Choose Us?


We are ranked among the UK's top 20 Planning Law firms and widely acknowledged as one of the Thames Valley’s leading firms of solicitors advising on Planning & Environmental law matters, with conveniently located offices in Reading, Henley-on-Thames and London.


Listening carefully to our clients’ needs and aims, we are committed to providing you with clear, practical, commercially focused and effective legal advice, a responsive and highly personal service and, crucially, value for money.


Highly experienced in acting for landowners, large and small; local and national developers, waste management companies, education providers and a wide range of businesses, you can trust in our significant expertise and experience.


Our established relationships and experience in working with lenders and other leading firms, including agents, surveyors and other solicitors, can help to minimise the likelihood and impact of any unforeseen issues or costly delays.


We provide a comprehensive range of legal services to organisations, business owners and management teams, allowing you to manage both your private and commercial needs more effectively using a single law firm.

“More than holds its own against City planning teams.”