Impact assessment

Changes to Temporary Stop Notices: equalities statement

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Equality statement on measures to improve councils' power to tackle unauthorised development.

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This equality statement assesses the impact of the revocation of the Town and Country Planning (Temporary Stop Notice) (England) Regulations 2005.

The regulation restricts councils use of Temporary Stop Notices on unauthorised sites where a caravan is used as a main residence. This can discourage local councils from serving stop notices where it may be beneficial to do so.

The revocation gives local councils greater freedom to make a decision on the basis of local circumstances and on whether serving Temporary Stop Notices in respect of caravans used as main residences is appropriate. It remains for local councils to consider the consequences of taking enforcement action and whether the action is necessary and proportionate in the circumstances.

Councils will also still need to have due regard to the Human Rights Act 1998 and Equality Act 2010 when assessing the impact of enforcement action on those affected and the wider community.