CLAIMS that a bus depot is operating outside of its approved planning conditions are being investigated.

Tyrers Coaches moved into a site off Bloomfield Road, in Farnworth, without council permission in 2015.

The company's retrospective application to stay on the site was approved in June 2018 with a number of conditions.

Residents living on nearby Conway Street and Valdene Drive have said that Tyrers are not meeting a number of these conditions.

In a letter to councillors, seen by The Bolton News, Conway Street resident John Anderton described the situation as a "travesty of planning protocol".

He wrote: "[The council] imposed a number of conditions in order to safeguard the living conditions of local residents and the amenity and character of the area, including a condition to secure the implementation and retention of a ‘noise management plan’ (‘NMP’).

"The legal undertaking of the NMP formed the basis of a proactive commitment from the developer and Bolton Council to eliminate the unacceptable adverse effects of the bus depot.

"Regrettably the developer is not complying with certain conditions or with the NMP, resulting regularly in unacceptable adverse effects upon the amenity of local residents."

Included in the letter is a table, detailing the conditions, how they have been breached and information about evidence which prove the breaches.

Among the conditions allegedly breached are increased activity levels (65 buses and coaches using the site rather than the 40 agreed), buses leaving the site at 5am and coming back after 11pm, despite agreed hours of operation being 7am until 11pm, and buses accessing the site through the wrong entrance.

Signing the letter off on behalf of the residents of Conway Street and Valdene Drive, Mr Anderson wrote: “We ask for your support to correct this fundamental error of granting planning permission.”

The Town Hall confirmed that it was aware of the concerns and that they were being looked into.

A spokesman for Bolton Council said: “Council officers have met with Mr Anderton to discuss his concerns about the site and an investigation is ongoing.”

The Bolton News approached Tyrers Coaches but the company declined to comment due to director Matthew Buckley being on annual leave.