Thames Valley Police: Message sent on behalf of the South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils.
We have received reports recently of some people posing as planning or building control officers to gain access to people’s properties under the pretence they’re looking into enforcement issues etc. When challenged, they’ve said they were from “planning” and left immediately. Planning officers can often turn up to a site unannounced, especially planning enforcement officers. However, they will always have photo ID on them, and are always happy to be asked for it and to explain the reason for their visit. Their identity can also be verified by calling the planning office on 01491 823740 or by contacting the Customer Service Manager Duncan Grainge on 01491 823711 or email: duncan.grainge@southandvale.
We would like to ask residents to be extra vigilant about this kind of activity and to ask for ID from anyone who visits unannounced from any organisation. Please report suspicious activity to the Police via the 24 hour non-emergency telephone number 101 or call 999 for crime in progress.