Councillors take developer to task for failing to follow building rules at Wilsden homes site (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Councillors take developer to task for failing to follow building rules at Wilsden homes site
5:32pm Thursday 3rd July 2014 in News
A DEVELOPER has been ordered to pin its planning conditions to its office wall after failing to follow building rules.
Harron Homes is building 82 homes off Crack Lane, Wilsden, but a planning meeting yesterday heard that the firm had been breaking many of the conditions listed in its planning consent.
Harron Homes had applied to make a number of alterations to its planning permission, which included changes to house design, road surfacing materials, highway and parking arrangements, road widths and ground levels.
But Bradford Council's regulatory and appeals committee today heard many of these alterations had already been made, and permission was being sought retrospectively.
One objector, Councillor Jane Callaghan, of Wilsden Parish Council, warned the panel that they expected the developer would "continue to build now and sort out the details later".
She told the committee that on one occasion, workmen on site had been laying concrete at 2.30am, disturbing people who live nearby.
The meeting also heard that the Council's planning enforcement team had become involved after receiving complaints about the building work on the site.
Daniel Starkey, of Harron Homes, apologised to the panel.
He said: "Things like working outside normal working hours, at 2.30am, is unacceptable and we apologise for that.
"It shouldn't happen and doesn't usually happen."
Committee member, Councillor Malcolm Sykes, said: "Are the planning conditions pinned on the wall of the site office anywhere? Do you know?
"Because with the greatest of respect, you can apologise for working at 2.30 in the morning, but that is not the only condition that has been broken on this site."
Mr Starkey said: "Unfortunately development is a messy business and it doesn't always work perfectly, but moving forward I would like to put in place a construction site management plan."
The committee also asked for regular updates from the enforcement team, about any concerns at the site, to be presented at its meetings.
Cllr Sykes said: " I have got no confidence at the moment of the way we enforce things."
Committee member Councillor Doreen Lee said developers should not assume that retrospective applications would be waved through.
She said: "This committee are not pussycats. We don't just roll over. We have constituents to think of, and believe you me, we do think about them, big-time."
The committee approved the application.