Planning enforcement action against short-term lets

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Dear Bedford Borough Council,

I’m seeking details of enforcement action taken by your authority’s planning team in relation to properties offered for short-term lets via platforms such as Airbnb.

Please could you provide the following under the Freedom of Information Act:

The number of planning enforcement notices issued by your authority in relation to short-term lets in each financial year from 2011/12 to 2018/19.

The number of planning contravention notices issued by your authority in relation to short-term lets in each financial year from 2011/12 to 2018/19.

If available, please also provide the number of informal warnings issued by your authority’s planning team in relation to short-term lets in each financial year from 2011/12 to 2018/19.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Wilding

Freedom of Information, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your e-mail requesting information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations 2004.


We will proceed with the request which we received today. It is our
intention to have the information delivered to you as soon as possible
otherwise within the statutory 20 working days.


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exceptions the Council may rely on to refuse the request, some of which
are absolute and some of which only apply where the public interest in
maintaining the exemption/exception outweighs that in disclosing the



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Andrea Bechtle, Bedford Borough Council

Dear Mark Wilding


Request pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004 –
Request No.14027


Thank you for your request for information concerning planning enforcement
notices, which we received on 24^th April 2019. Your request has been
considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.


All information in relation to enforcement notices from 1957 to date is
publicly available on the authority’s website from the following link:

Please refer to the How To Guides for assistance (see guidance in italics
below) and see the links to other planning pages (if required).


For your enquiry please also note the following:


The enforcement notices are all publicly available online at


You can search using the data base on the link TO VIEW AND COMMENT ON
APPLICATIONS once you have clicked on this link the system will open to an
ADVANCED SEARCH page,  please click on  'enforcements' (as the system will
automatically default to applications), wait for the screen to refresh and
then you can search using any of the criteria shown such as type of
enforcement notice, date issued etc. OR

You can view the entire enforcement notice register also from a link on
the search plans page more details are provided in How to Guide 3 in the
How to Guides section on the SEARCH plans page detailed above.


We do not issue informal warnings.


For example: How to Guide 2 explains how to find applications from 1995 to
date by address using the Map or by using a database where you can also
search by one or a selection of the following fields: development type,
application type, description of development keyword, Application status,
Agent, Committee date, Decision Date, Received or Validated Date, Parish,
Ward etc. You can also use the map or the database to find Enforcement
notices and Appeals detailed in the relevant how to guides.


The information supplied to you continues to be protected by the
Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to use it for your
own purposes, including any non-commercial research you are doing and for
the purposes of news reporting. Any other re-use, for example commercial
publication, would require the permission of the copyright holder.  For
further information regarding Re-use of Public Sector Information please
see the following link


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Information Commissioner’s Office

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Yours sincerely


Andrea Bechtle

FOI & EIR Officer - Environment & Enabling Services

Bedford Borough Council

Room 336, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK429AP

(01234) 718243 (ext 47243)
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