Town and Country Planning Act

The Town and Country Planning Act is a law that passed through UK Parliament in 1990. It was created to regulate land development in England and Wales.

The act granted local authorities greater powers to order land to be cleaned if its condition had an adverse impact on the local area. Unsightly land can have a negative effect on local property markets and can reduce the value of properties, particularly if the condition of the surrounding land presents a risk to public health and safety.

Under the terms of the Town and Country Planning Act, authorities may issue a notice to the landowner to demand that the cleaning is conducted in a reasonable timeframe. In certain circumstances, the authority may carry out this work independently.  

This work may involve:

  • Clearing excess debris
  • Rebuilding
  • Demolition
  • Planting
  • General repairs and refurbishments.