Council sounds out warning to housebuilders who exceed operating times
Release date: 13 October 2016
Cotswold District Council is warning builders that they must comply with planning requirements governing their operating times - or face prosecution.
This follows a case at Cheltenham Magistrates on 10 October when Redrow Homes pleaded guilty to two counts of carrying out building work outside of permitted times at the Mallards development which is near South Cerney.
Redrow was fined £750 for each of the two counts, and was also instructed to pay a £75 victim surcharge and £500 in costs.
Cllr Sue Coakley, the Cabinet Member for Environment, was very pleased with the outcome:
“Redrow Homes regularly carried out building work beyond the times permitted and they have paid the penalty. The relevant planning approval stated that work at the Mallards site was restricted to 8am to 6pm on Mondays to Fridays, and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays, with no working on Sundays or Public Holidays. They clearly breached these stipulations and have shown a blatant disregard for the residents living near the site who are entitled to a reasonable break from the noise and other disruptions.
“We will not hesitate to take other builders to court if we have evidence that they breached the restrictions and it is in the public interest to take enforcement action. I would advise any residents affected by this sort of unreasonable behaviour to call the Council on 01285 62300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can investigate.”