A GLASS bottling factory built without planning permission has got nine months to cease production.
Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) has servedŠan enforcement notice on Quinn Glass at Elton to comply with High Court action brought by trade rivals Ardagh Glass.
But Quinn is appealing the move arguing the council failed to determine a retrospective planning applicationŠto regularise the existingŠdevelopment.
The enforcement notice also requires demolition of unauthorised buildings within 18 months and restoration of the site to its original conditionŠwithin 24 months.
The enforcement notice does not take effect until May 29. In the meantime, Quinn will lodge an appeal at which the point the clock stops in terms of meeting the stated deadlines.
A Quinn spokesman said: “Quinn Glass will be appealing this in view of the fact that a comprehensive planning application has already been with the local authorities since January 2008.
“Consideration of this application had been delayed by the most recent challenge brought by Ardagh just days before the local authority was due to determine the planning application.”
CWAC is awaiting further information from QuinnŠbefore deciding when this planning application will go before committee.
The precise reasons behind Quinn’s appeal against enforcement may have a bearing on whether the new council can go ahead and determine the plans.Š
Communities secretary Hazel Blears may ultimately decide the matter herself.