I have a number of questions regarding application for retention.
A construction has been built over looking my property that had no planning permission. The planning authorities have confirmed in writing that this property is in breach of the planning regulations/law and stated that the owner of the property has applied for retention, and I have some questions relating to this process.
1. In this case where the planning authorities have confirmed that that there was no planning permission, and the construction is in breach of the planning laws.
Q. Should all development and work on this dwelling be halted?
2. The owner of this property seems very confident that this retention order will be upheld and that the dwelling will be allowed to remain.
Q. Is it the case that in the majority of these retention cases, the dwelling is allowed to remain?
Q. Do I have options to take a legal / civil action?
Q. What is enforcement?
Q. Does enforcement happen subsequent to a decision on retention?
Q. Should I consult with a solicitor? (Any recommendations would be appreciated)
I personally think that it is a sad state of affairs when people can deliberately flout the law, and when they get caught can be as smug as they like and make an appeal for retention.
Any help links etc would be greatly appreciated.