House builders fined for breaching planning conditions at former Yate school site

January 31 2016

A FIRM of house builders has been fined £3,500 for endangering trees and risking road safety at the site of a former school in Yate.

A FIRM of house builders has been fined £3,500 for endangering trees and risking road safety at the site of a former school in Yate.
Bellway Homes South West was also ordered to pay more than £954 in costs and a victim surcharge of £120 as a result of a prosecution brought by South Gloucestershire Council.
The company had been given planning permission to build 57 homes on the site of the former Rodford Primary School in Barnwood Road, with a number of conditions attached to the consent.
They included protecting the roots of trees and washing the wheels of vehicles to prevent mud being carried onto Barnwood Road.
But North Avon Magistrates Court in Yate was told that council enforcement officers visited the site on a number of occasions, where they discovered alterations had been made to protective fencing that was shielding the roots of an established oak tree.
Digging had also taken place in the area around the roots, which had exposed and broken a number of them.
The officers further found a lack of wheel washing facilities, which had resulted in mud being carried onto the road and affecting road safety.
The council said legal action was taken against Bellway due to a breach of the planning laws at the site, which is now known as Rodford Mews.
Bellway admitted two offences concerning tree protection and road safety and was fined £1,750 on each count.
Councillor Colin Hunt, chairman of the council’s planning, transport and environment committee, said: “Planning regulations are put in place to help protect the local environment and we take any breaches very seriously.
“In this case, the developer had endangered trees on the site by not protecting their roots and had risked road safety by failing to ensure vehicles were free of mud when leaving the development.”
Last year it was reported that local residents had raised concerns about the site with the council.