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Developers at controversial Kinross development hit with enforcement notices over tree protection

Part of the Lathro Meadows estate, at Lathro Farm, Kinross
Part of the Lathro Meadows estate, at Lathro Farm, Kinross

A pair of developers at a controversial Kinross housing site have been hit with enforcement notices by the local authority over the protection of trees at the site.

Persimmon Homes and Springfield Properties have been issued with a fine and a warning respectively due a breach of conditions at the Lathro Farm estate.

Persimmon Homes, which is building 300 homes at the site, was issued with a fixed penalty notice of £1,000 after a fence designed to protect trees at the development was moved.

The local authority had already served a breach of condition notice in 2017 relating to the same charge and fined Persimmon when it broke the requirement again.

Springfield Properties, which is erecting 47 homes at the same location, was hit with a breach of condition notice by the council after it moved a fence put in place to protect trees.

Persimmon claimed its fence had blown over and Springfield said its had been moved a short distance.

A spokesperson for Persimmon Homes  said: “A breach of condition fixed penalty notice was issued by Perth and Kinross Council on September 30 in relation to a panel of tree protection fencing which had blown over.

“Contact was made with the council’s planning enforcement officer and the fencing reinstated.

Work at Lathro Farm on edge of Kinross

“Persimmon Homes is committed to working in partnership with Perth and Kinross Council and the local community to prevent such instances from reoccurring.”

Peter Matthews, managing director of Springfield Properties (central), said: “We take planning conditions seriously on all of our sites across Scotland.

“On this occasion, temporary fencing had been moved two metres from where it should have been positioned, causing the working area of the site to be closer to existing trees than agreed.

“There was no damage to the trees, the fencing was moved back the same day it was brought to our attention and measures have been put in place to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

The enforcement action is the latest in a string of incidents at the Lathro Farm development.

In June the local authority fenced off streets at the estate, because they had been built by developers Persimmon Homes without proper consent.

Days later the council warned owners that the properties had been unlawfully occupied without proper documentation in place.

A council spokesperson said: “We can confirm that Perth and Kinross Council has taken enforcement action on two developments at Lathro Farm.

“We are in communication with the respective developers regarding these matters.”

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