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HA fined £9,000 after construction vehicles fail to follow agreed routes

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development, Legal

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A housing association has been fined £9,000 after construction vehicles failed to enter and leave one its development sites via preconditioned routes.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea served the notice against Catalyst Housing after it failed to adhere to an agreed traffic management plan.

Catalyst was prosecuted for failing to comply with a breach of conditions notice on six occasions.

The strict vehicle access plan was part of conditional planning permission given to Catalyst for the second phase of its £200 million regeneration of the Worninton Green development in the borough.

Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court heard that one of Catalyst's contractors, Ardmore, had not followed contractual obligations laid down by the social landlord concerning vehicular access to the site.

Catalyst, which runs more than 21,000 homes across London and the South East, told the court that it had since allocated more traffic marshals to the site to make sure the rules were followed.

A Catalyst spokesman said: "We fully accept that our contractors breached the agreed traffic management plan and we take full responsibility for their failure to comply. Safety is always our primary concern.

"We take breaches of the plan very seriously and have reviewed our procedures with the contractor and will implement going forward on this project."

Timothy Coleridge, the council's cabinet member for planning policy, said: "It is very important that construction management plans are followed. We live in a crowded borough and have to make sure that a balance between much needed regeneration and development and the safety and peace of residents is met."

As well as the £9,000 fine, Catalyst was ordered to pay the council's £6,900 legal costs.

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