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Assistance to Local Authorities

Since 2001, Enforcement Services has provided professional assistance to local authorities including the London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Barnet, Brent, Bromley, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Harrow, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth and the City of Westminster, as well as Guildford, Northampton, Watford and Welwyn Hatfield Borough Councils and Chiltern, Harborough, Huntingdonshire, Kings Lynn & West Norfolk, North West Leicestershire, North Wiltshire, Rochford, South Holland and South Somerset District Councils, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire County Councils, Portsmouth and Wolverhampton City Councils and the Broads Authority.

We have been involved in a range of planning enforcement action, from the removal of unauthorised structures and advertisements to materials and equipment associated with unauthorised uses.

Nigel Wicks

Director – BTP, Pg Dip Law, MRTPI

Nigel developed investigation and security skills in service with H.M. Forces as an Intelligence and Security Operator before becoming a career Local Government Enforcement Planner. He spent 18 years in local government qualifying in both planning and law and experiencing a full range of enforcement subject matter, with North Wiltshire District, Bristol City, Buckinghamshire County and Brent London Borough Councils.

As well as handling all aspects of planning enforcement, from receipt of complaint to remedial action, Nigel has been advocate or witness in hundreds of prosecution, public inquiry, injunction and other proceedings. After leaving local government he developed the Company working exclusively for public authorities, specialising in planning enforcement and in particular direct remedial action. The Company has conducted hundreds of successful actions, from the removal of vast amounts of scrap and waste, including boats, cars and caravans, to the dismantling and removal of advertising hoardings or the complete demolition of buildings. Working for a number of authorities across England, the Company has always been keen to expand its experience and prides itself on securing practical cost effective solutions and, to date, has never failed to remedy any breach it has been presented. He believes enforcement means just that. The planning enforcement system works well, if only the tools are used as intended to compliment the many other skills and competencies of planning. He is not a creator or a negotiator.

He believes those disciplines are best left to development controllers, policy makers and other planning experts, whilst he concentrates on enforcement. Present him with development that should not have happened and he will find a way to undo it and maybe help prevent it from happening again.

Nigel was a member of the ODPM Working Group on the review of the Planning Enforcement System, and has experience in the Magistrates, Crown, and High Courts.

Tom Wicks

Director – BA(hons), PgDip, LLM, MRTPI

Tom began working with Enforcement Services in 2006 and has qualifications in Planning and Law. He has worked within a number of London Borough and District Local Planning Authorities. 

He is experienced in all aspects of planning enforcement including site visits, public inquires, prosecutions, and direct remedial action. He is also NAPE’s representative for the South East.

Tom believes that Local Planning Authorities have all the powers necessary to remedy any breach of planning control and is yet to find a planning problem that there isn’t an effective solution to.

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