Persimmon fined for breaching planning regulations

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Persimmon Homes has been fined after construction workers were found to be working on a Sunday morning, breaching planning regulations

Persimmon Homes was discovered working on a Sunday morning at its 300-home Lathro Park development in Kinross.

Bosses initially said its contractors were undertaking emergency work, however, they later apologised for the breach of planning regulations and assured that it would not happen again.

Perth and Kinross Council chiefs confirmed that a fixed penalty notice had been issued against the firm, following a complaint from a nearby resident.

The company has been fined £300, although that can be reduced to £225 if they pay within 15 days.

A spokeswoman said: “Following a site visit to the Lathro Park housing development in Kinross, Perth and Kinross Council – as planning authority – can confirm that the Sunday works being undertaken were to fix a burst water main and as such had the benefit of enforcement discretion.

“It is unfortunate that Persimmon’s contractors also took the opportunity to carry out some ground works while on site.

“The planning authority is issuing a fixed penalty for this breach, having already taken formal enforcement action relating to an earlier breach of condition.”

Iain Innes, managing director at Persimmon Homes North Scotland, said: “We have accepted the council’s penalty for this breach and apologise for any disruption.

“We instigated the emergency repairs in good faith. However, during the time our contractors were on site they also carried minor groundwork that had not been instructed by us.

“We will do our very best to make sure that this does not happen again.”

Local Liberal Democrat councillor Willie Robertson added: “You don’t expect a big national company like Persimmon to adopt such a cavalier attitude to its working practices.

“If it were up to me, the planning authority should take breaches like this into consideration when looking at any of the company’s future developments,” he said. “If the firm has a history of problems, then it should be blocked from building anywhere else until the problem is sorted once and for all.”

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