Westminster expands planning enforcement

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 20 Jan 2017

City HallWestminster City Council is looking to expand its planning enforcement team to clamp down on problems such as short-term letting.

Planning enforcement team leader Roald Piper told Planning: “We need to increase monitoring of short-term letting of residential accommodation across the borough.

“People are using holiday accommodation on a more commercial basis – in some cases letting it all year round – impacting on our requirement to provide permanent homes in the middle of a massive, countrywide shortage".

The council is looking to expand its planning enforcement team, which currently numbers 24 planning and investigations officers, by taking on three planners. 

Work will involve surveys, site visits and interviews as well as undertaking detailed research and reports.

“The jobs focus particularly on short-term holiday letting of residential premises, but includes a variety of other planning and enforcement issues", added Piper.

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