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DUDLEY FELLED BY WOOD PLANT MISTAKE

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Dudley MBC has been told to pay compensation to residents and reimburse them for devaluing their properties with no...
Dudley MBC has been told to pay compensation to residents and reimburse them for devaluing their properties with noise and dust from a wood chopping plant.

The local government ombudsman said the council wrongly decided to permit the installation of the plant in 1996 when it should have gone through a full planning permission process.

Ombudsman Jerry White said the resulting injustice was 'very substantial indeed. The complainants have suffered two and a half years of avoidable noise and dust. They have also had to live with the prospect that their homes have been devalued'.

He reached a finding of maladministration causing injustice and recommended a total of£11,500 for four households, plus an ongoing sum of£1,000 for three households for each year they continue to suffer dust and noise nuisance.

He also called for independent valuation of the properties to assess the reduction caused.

Dudley said it wanted to concentrate on finding a solution with the company, and the ombudsman's report was unlikely to go to the council before June.

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