Council ‘slow to halt muddy building work’ in Bugbrooke

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Construction at a site in Bugbrooke has been halted for 28 days after it was deemed “the worst site seen in 10 years” for driving mud on to roads.

Persimmon Homes, the developers of the site, off Johns Road, were given a Temporary Stop Notice (TSN) by South Northamptonshire Council after Bugbrooke Parish Council put forward complaints from residents.

But the parish claim they were slow to react to the complaint, made when mud began accumulating on Johns Road and the footpath after building work started in November.

The development for 80 new homes was given planning permission on the condition that vehicles leaving the site were cleaned.

A parish council spokesman, said: “When the enforcement officer did review the site, he said it was the worst he had seen in 10 years.”

A South Northamptonshire spokesman said: “At the time permission was given, the site complied with regulations. We gave them a warning after a review showed they were not keeping to the terms and they still failed to rectify the situation.

“TSNs are a drastic measure and the review procedure takes time. We cannot issue such restrictions on a whim.”

A Persimmon Homes spokesman said: “We accept that we have not met our own rigorously high standards of site management and we are actively working on a series of measures that will allow work on site to re-start as soon as possible.”