The Planning Act (Commencement No. 8) and Levelling-up and Regeneration Act 2023 (Commencement No. 4 and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2024 will largely come into force on 25 April 2024. There are a raft of changes. Two key ones for local authorities are:

Section 115 amends section 171B(1) and (2) of the 1990 Act to extend the time period in which local planning authorities can take enforcement action against unauthorised development in England from 4 to 10 years.

Section 116 amends section 171E of the 1990 Act to allow local planning authorities in England to issue a temporary stop notice that has effect for up to 56 days, [increased from 28 days] providing more time for a local authority to investigate a suspected breach of planning control.  See HERE for more detail.

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