Housebuilder fined for polluting a watercourse on its construction site

Harron Homes fined after mitigation efforts failed to prevent recurring pollution to a watercourse adjacent to a building site

Mitigation efforts failed. Photograph: Environment AgencyA Leeds-based house building company has been fined £120,000 for illegally polluting a watercourse from a Huddersfield construction site.

Harron Homes Limited was sentenced yesterday at Leeds Magistrates’ Court, after admitting one charge of causing illegal discharges from its Farriers Croft estate in 2015. Contaminated water ran into a tributary of the Grimescar Dyke, causing pollution over three kilometres.

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