Town Planning Review

Sheriffs and outlaws: In pursuit of effective enforcement

Town Planning Review (2003), 74, (4), 423–443.

Abstract

Compliance has emerged as a key component of regulatory control but has been subject to limited research. This paper examines compliance in relation to planning control in Northern Ireland. It draws on a review of practice and procedure used to deal with planning enforcement cases and interviews conducted with professional planners. Many of the options considered emerge from the Review of the Planning Enforcement System in England published by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (2002). The findings are incorporated with theoretical perspectives of regulatory compliance and aim to provide a basis for discussion of strategies, which might be employed in pursuit of more effective planning enforcement.

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McKay, Stephen