Scrap limbo ends as owners toe the line

All Parts Auto Salvage has cleared some scrap away as instructed
All Parts Auto Salvage has cleared some scrap away as instructed

Planning officers’ have won a long running battle to get a scrapyard to comply with regulations and tidy up its operation.

At a meeting of Falkirk Council’s planning committee yesterday (Wednesday) members heard the All Parts Auto Salvage yard in Hillview, High Bonnybridge, which is reportedly being monitored continuously by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), had finally reduced the level of scrap on its premises.

Planning convener Billy Buchanan said: “Clearly some of the scrap has been taken down and that’s really positive. After months and months of limbo we are finally getting somewhere.”

The original application from All Parts was seeking full planning permission for the use of land for an end-of-life vehicle decontamination and de-liquidising facility and storage of scrap metal.

It was granted planning consent on June 25 last year.

However, the conditions attached to the planning permission, including keeping the site in a neat and tidy condition and not letting the scrap piles exceed five metres in height, had not been adhered to.

For most of 2016 All Parts have been given ultimatums to decrease the height of the scrap on their premises and have offered up a number of reasons for the work not being carried out – including the machine used to clear the scrap being broken and needing to be replaced.

Councillor Sandy Turner said: “It’s been very faltering progress, but I’m happy to move the report’s recommendations and call for a further report for the planning committee’s meeting in September.”

The updated reports at yesterday’s meeting also included details of the enforcement action which the committee could take should All Parts fail to meet planning requirements.

A breach of condition notice can be used to force applicants to adhere to conditions applied to any planning permission, while a planning enforcement notice is mainly used to deal with an unauthorised development, but can also apply to breaches of planning conditions.

As well as reducing the height of scrap on the site, the operator has also undertaken work to increase the visibility for motorists at the main site entrance by strimming away roadside vegetation.

It has also erected screen fencing and planted pine trees, complete with protective guards, which will hopefully grow to further screen off the site from nearby residents.