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West Midlands council takes enforcement action against developer

Words: Laura Edgar
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Stoke-on-Trent City Council has begun planning enforcement action against a developer following complaints it has not adhered to a construction management plan.

Planning permission for Barratt Developments' 227-home scheme in Meadow Lane, Trentham, was granted in 2019.

The permission included adhering to a construction management plan to deliver the works on site.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council said it has received a number of complaints, including:

  • Incorrect vehicles being used – articulated vehicles have been used. The construction management plan states that vehicles accessing the site must be limited to a maximum size of a 12m rigid vehicle.
  • Deliveries being made prior to 8am – there are multiple reports of deliveries from 7am onwards.
  • Deliveries being made from outside of the site – this is not part of the development area. As such, it causes issues for residents.
  • Vehicles exiting the site in a reverse gear. This is a breach as it is a safety issue and not part of the construction management plan. Complaints have also been received about dirt and mud on road which hasn’t been cleared.

As a result, the council has served a Breach of Condition Notice (BCN) on the developer. If further breaches occur, the council said it could prosecute for non-compliance.

Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for infrastructure, regeneration and heritage, said: “The city council, as acting the local planning authority, has been dismayed at the number of residential complaints we have received for this site. On further investigation, we have found a number of serious breaches to the construction management plan, of which we have acted accordingly, inspecting and ensuring the correct actions are taken.”

In a statement sent to The Planner, a spokesperson for Barratt Manchester said: “We apologise to residents for any inconvenience and we will continue to ensure that our contractors are reminded of their obligations. We have been providing regular road sweeping and are committed to working closely with the council at this development.”

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