A scrap metal business has finally been given planning permission to operate in High Bonnybridge.
But now All Parts Auto Salvage face a legal battle with watchdogs to continue trading from its site at Hillview Road.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued the firm with an enforcement notice for stockpiling scrap without a waste management licence.
Owners Angus Braidwood and Sons Limited have lodged an appeal which was due to be heard in court last Wednesday.
When Falkirk Council’s planning committee met it was reminded the retrospective application for permission to store scrap and run a vehicle crushing business was a separate issue to the action taken by SEPA.
Last December the council gave All Parts Auto Salvage until January to tidy up the land or face action. It also told the business to apply for the proper paperwork to continue to use the specialist car breaking equipment which strips vehicles for spare parts.
The firm has been operating for over 10 years using temporary planning consents, but the last one expired in January 2008.
Since then the business has expanded leading to complaints from neighbours that a ‘blot on the landscape’ had been created without the council’s permission.
Convener Baillie Billy Buchananan, admitted the residents had been “let down” by the planning committee but now was the time to “get it right”.
SNP Councillors Sandy Turner and Colin Chalmers argued the planning decision should be delayed to await the outcome of the appeal, but the committee voted 4-3 to grant subject to conditions which will include substantial landscaping works being carried out to screen the area and the storage of scrap restricted to certain parts of the site not to exceed five metres in height.