Enzo’s Homes ordered to stop work on Glynneath housing estate

A company hit with a massive fine for chopping down a 200 year old tree has now been forced to temporarily stop work on it’s latest housing development.

Enzo’s Homes and its contractor were last October handed a combined total of £300,000 at Swansea Magistrates’ Court, after a protected redwood tree, and 72 others, were cut down during building work on land close to Swansea’s Penllergare Valley Woods, in Penllergaer, Swansea. The giant redwood, and a number of others, were subject to tree preservation orders.

The company is also behind a development of homes at Glynneath.

However, work on that has come to a temporary halt, after Neath Port Talbot issued a temporary stop notice to the work, following a series of alleged breaches of planning control regulations.

The order has been issued “to prevent harm or any further harm”. Officials say this is “in respect of human health, and groundwater resources through potential ground contamination which may be present on the site”.

Concerns have also been raised about an “adverse impact upon the character and appearance of the surrounding area and upon the existing highway and drainage networks”.

A spokesman for Neath Port Talbot Council said: “The developer commenced work prior to discharging all of the pre-commencement conditions, hence the need for us to serve the notice. We have however confirmed to the developer that we are still willing to work with them to ensure that they are able to deliver the development in accordance with their planning permission.”

The authority declined to elaborate further.

However, Enzo’s Homes said it hoped to restart work on the project shortly.

A spokesman added: “Some people have raised concerns because they think it is contaminated, but it is not.

“Several tests have been taken, and the council is analysing them”.

The stump of the giant redwood at Penllergaer after it was cut down

Last year, the firm ended up in court after it contravened tree preservation regulations, in a case brought by Swansea Council.

Enzo’s Homes director Fiorenzo Sauro insisted he and his firm had not done anything wrong. However, Sauro was handed a £90,000 fine and his firm ordered to pay £120,000..

Tree contractor Arwyn Morgan, who felled the redwood tree, pleaded guilty to two of the same charges and was fined £120,000.

Sauro is appealing the decision, which is due to be heard in January.

WalesOnline – Swansea