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Explanatory Memorandum to Planning Amendment (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

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Article 7 ‑ Enforcement notices

This Article reduces the legal complexity of the provisions that apply to the drafting, issue and service of enforcement notices, by minimising the possibility of some minor drafting error, legal or technical deficiency resulting in a notice being quashed. The notice still has to be sufficiently clear to enable any recipient to understand exactly what unauthorised use/work is alleged and what he/she is required to do to remedy this. The Article provides that an enforcement notice may be served on the current owner or occupier of the land to which the notice relates and on any other person with an estate in the land. The provisions provide the Department with flexibility to require only partial remedy of a breach of planning control where, at the time of enforcement, a total remedy is not considered necessary. This provision also allows for the withdrawal or variation of an enforcement notice, without prejudice to the Department's power to issue a further notice.

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