A recent case has highlighted how businesses that apply for retrospective planning permission, but do not fully comply with requirements, such as the installation of acoustic fencing, could face legal action.

According to the News & Star, a vehicle recovery firm in Carlisle has been issued with a "breach of condition" notice after failing to heed planning conditions following the granting of retrospective permission.

The newspaper reported how Egertons Recovery operated for two years without any planning permission whatsoever, and, when it finally secured backdated permission, angered the local authority by not following through on requirements.

Egertons installed an earth bund – a type of dam or embankment – to stem noise, but did not install acoustic fencing on the top of it.

"They have applied retrospectively, operated for two years without planning permission and, after it was granted, failed to fulfil conditions laid down," the newspaper reported councillor Jessica Riddle as saying.

"They have held this committee and planning law in contempt," she added.

Egertons now has 28 days to add acoustic fencing, along with other requirements. If it fails to do that it could face a £1,000 fine.
A spokesperson for the firm said it would accede to the notice.

Many local residents are unhappy with the situation. One contributor to the newspaper's website, commenting on the story, said the company had evaded the request for more than two years, at great cost to the taxpayer.