Enforcement of Planning Control

Please be advised from the 1st April Mid Sussex District Council will no longer be acting as an agent for the South Downs National Park, at which point all enforcement enquiries will need to be made to the South Downs Directly.

For information on enforcing planning control click on the links below.

If you would like any further information, or if you would like to report a suspected breach, please email planninginvestigations@midsussex.gov.uk

Construction Charter for Developers

The Council expects developers to manage their sites appropriately. For information on good practice see this good practice guide.

Enforcement appeals 

Enforcement appeals are dealt with in one of the three ways.  The Planning Inspectorate provide guidance to those taking part in appeal against enforcement orders issued for breaches of planning control.  These guides are available from the Planning Portal.

  • Written representations - the applicant and the local authority will submit a written statement explaining their cases.  The Planning Inspectorate provide guidance for written representations on the Planning Portal.
  • Informal Hearings - where the applicant and local authority submit their written statement of case and then meet informally with an Inspector to discuss the issues.  The Planning Inspectorate provide guidance for informal hearings on the Planning Portal.
  • Public Inquiry - a formal process similar in operation to a court of law where the applicant and local authority can be cross examined and call witnesses.  The Planning Inspectorate provide guidance for public inquiries on the Planning Portal.


Planning Division
Mid Sussex District Council
Oaklands, Oaklands Road
Haywards Heath
RH16 1SS

Email: planninginvestigations@midsussex.gov.uk
Telephone: 01444 477332