Alterations to a listed building, including the construction of a basement and the erection of a mews house, have been ordered to stop by planners from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea unless the developer sticks to the agreed plans.
The work being done at 12 Pembroke Sq, W8 was subject to a number of complaints by residents. They said that the developer, BlackOnyx Developments Ltd, was working in breach of an agreed Construction Traffic Management Plan (CTMP).
A CTMP is an agreement between the planner and developer regarding vehicles used during construction which can, in residential areas, have a big impact on the lives of neighbouring residents if developers ignore their planning conditions.
Planning permission for the work was granted under a condition that disturbance to residents from construction traffic would be minimised.
After complaints were received about traffic from the development, planners visited the site and witnessed a breach of the CTMP.
The Council’s Planning Enforcement Team issued Breach of Condition Notices and a Temporary Stop Notice on the Wednesday 30 July 2014, making any future breaches by the developers a criminal offence.
Each breach witnessed could lead to a maximum penalty of £20,000 in a magistrates court and unlimited if heard in a Crown Court. Over the last three months the Planning Enforcement Team on has served 14 legal notices, around the borough, to developers breaching their CTMPs.
RBKC Council said “construction traffic in residential areas, particularly from basement developments, can have a big impact on the lives of neighbouring residents if developers ignore their planning conditions. The Royal Borough will use all legal powers at its disposal to ensure planning conditions are followed.”