Tuesday, 10 March 2015
New Charter flout planning permission. Tameside council do nothing.
They received the appropriate planning permission, with conditions, for the sites. Planning Application 13/00180/FUL refered to the site of the former Katherine House (Opposite St Anne's Church). Among other stipulations all work on Sundays was prohibited.
On Sunday 28th September the site was seen to be working. Calls to the Planning Department produced no visible response. No one responded to the complainant either from the council or New Charter.
Work also took place on Sunday the 30th November 2014 and again the week after, 7th of December 2014. This time the complainant used the council's own on line complaint form. To no avail, the council again did not respond.
The Council rigorously enforce their regulations against the public but ignore their chums in New Charter. Bus lanes are enforced even when there are no buses running. Italian Restaurants are threatened if they open for evening meals and feeding the pigeons is strictly discouraged.
But a building site is free to operate opposite a church on a Sunday in direct defiance of planning permission conditions.
No doubt with the building almost, if not actually, finished the guilty parties think they have got away with it. Not so. Tameside Citizen Blog have produced a leaflet telling the story of Tameside MBC's Nelsonian blind eye to breach of planning rules. One will be sent to every person we hear of who is facing problems with Tameside Planning pointing out the council's inability to behave fairly.
As for the original complainant? They have informed the local Government Ombudsman of the council's behavior with a suitable complaint.
Watch this space!