Conditional discharge for Barratt homes

Barratt West Midlands was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £2,705 costs on 8 January for polluting a brook with sand.

The firm pleaded guilty at Stafford magistrates court to polluting a tributary of the Rising Brook, Rugeley, last November. The court heard how heavy rain washed sand from the Birches housing development into a surface water drain that led directly into the brook. The incident was discovered by a visiting Environment Agency officer.

The lenient verdict was a result of Barratt putting a bung in the drain as soon as the incident was discovered and spending £50,000 on a lagoon to prevent a recurrence.

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