Extended Working Hours Refused for Problem Building Site Deerwood Park in Colne

Extended Working Hours Refused for Problem Building Site Deerwood Park in Colne

The Deputy Leader of Pendle Council, Colne Liberal Democrat Councillor
Tony Greaves, has welcomed Pendle Council’s decision last night to refuse
an extension of operating hours to Persimmon Homes at their “Deerwood
Park” building site off Knotts Drive, Colne.

The Council’s Development Management Committee voted unanimously to refuse
the application after Councillor Greaves, attending as a Waterside ward
Councillor, told the committee that there was a long list of breaches by
Persimmon Homes of the rules and promises they had made to residents. He told
the committee that the firm were behaving like “cowboy capitalists” and
read out a list of problems – including consistently breaching their
operating hours, lorries not being washed down before leaving the site
loaded with earth, large amounts of mud on the roads, and dangerous lorry
manoeuvres in just one day – that residents had posted on social media
yesterday.

Councillor Greaves said: “This is all about the large number of wagons
entering and leaving the site loaded with earth every day. If they are
given greater time, what guarantee is there that they won’t turn up even
earlier than they already do – at 6 or 6.30am? ”Residents are fed up of
this firm which is just behaving like capitalist cowboys.”

Persimmon had applied for an extension of operating hours (currently from
8am to 6pm on weekdays) to 7.30am to 6.30pm. The Council’s Colne and
District Committee had turned this down but it had been referred by
Council officials to the Development Management Committee for a final
decision.

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