A conservation group has accused a builder of "blatantly ignoring" health and safety rules at a construction site.

Mead Building Construction has begun work at Townsend Yard, off Highgate High Street, on behalf of Townsend Yard developer Sean Meadows, who plans to build seven mews houses in the plot of land in the Highgate Bowl.

Neighbours have been documenting every time the builder breaches compliance rules and asking Haringey Council to enforce them.

They claim lorries are reversing into and out of the site instead of entering and leaving forwards, deliveries are taking place outside the hours of 9.30am and 3pm and staff are working outside 8am and 5pm hours. 

Haringey Council issued Mead Construction a breach of condition notice (BCN) on December 2, giving the company a month to submit 
a construction management plan and construction logistics plan.

The notice says 'no development shall take place" until the details of these plans are approved "in writing by the local authority".

Work resumed on January 5 but the Ham&High has yet to see evidence that plans were submitted and approved, despite asking both Mead and the council.

Contraventions carry a maximum penalty of £2,500 for the first offence.

Jeska Harrington Gould, a member of the Highgate Society, said: "I'm really concerned about the breach of conditions.

"I know the building phase is a one-off phase but I think the developer should be keeping within the rules and they are blatantly ignoring them.

"Haringey did put in this BCN in December as a result of all the residents constantly complaining and they gave them a month to comply but they started work after Christmas and they are still not complying.

"They are partially complying in a very small way."

She said a problem was the "enormous lorries" Mead has serving the site, "which has no turning point".

She added: "The lorries are supposed to turn into the site and out of the site front facing but they can't do that because they can't turn. It's not physically
possible with the size of the lorries they are using. They need to be using smaller lorries but they refuse to do that."

Jane Hill, who lives in the grade II-listed Shepherd's Cottage on the site, said it was "dangerous to pedestrians and an extreme nuisance".

"They are not addressing the danger to the inhabitants of this cottage," she added. The cottage is away from the High Street so having limited access is a danger to anyone."

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William Britain, chair of the Highgate Society, said: "What is the point of having the contractor come up with rules and compliance they are going to follow and then don't follow them and then get a BCN and Haringey doesn't pursue them?"

A council spokesperson said: “We are aware of instances of construction traffic breaching the conditions of the planning permission on this site, and we have acted swiftly to serve a breach of condition notice on the developer to ensure compliance.

“We continue to regularly monitor the works on site and examine video and photographic evidence of construction traffic.

"We have recently written to the developer to emphasise the seriousness of this matter.” 

Mead Building Construction has been contacted for comment.