Levelling Up and Regeneration Act Targets Rogue Developers

New powers under the Government’s Levelling Up and Regeneration Act has been brought in as of 25th April 2024 to enable local councils to have the power to tackle rogue developers.

Councils will now be able to issue stronger measures including:

  • Increasing enforcement limits from four to ten years so councils have more time to stop developments without planning approval.
  • Introducing unlimited fines against developers who fail to comply with planning permission or refusing to deal with rundown properties and overgrown fields.
  • Doubling the length of temporary stop notices from 28 to 56 days to suspend all works if a council suspects building has gone ahead despite permission has not been granted.
  • Strengthening the Planning Inspectorate to dismiss appeals against developers trying to delay the process, including the refusal of site visits and access.



This builds on our long-term plan for housing to deliver more homes and infrastructure that is beautiful, affordable, and built in the right places.

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