An angry Hucknall couple claim that a building firm have ‘broken a promise’ with the type of new homes to be put up next to their address.
Angie and Tim Gregory, of Garden Road, live in a bungalow which borders the Bovis Homes development called Byron’s Wood. The scheme goes back to 2006 and the final phase of construction is now close to completion.
Although houses of two-and-a-half and three storeys were initially proposed for the site next to the bottom of the couple’s back garden, Bovis changed this part of the scheme at an early stage with the aim of building five bungalows instead.
But Mr and Mrs Gregory were dismayed to hear that Bovis have now reverted to the original proposal to build the larger homes, which they say will have a ‘dominating’ effect on them.
Mrs Gregory thinks Bovis came up with the bungalows alternative just as a temporary measure to get the required insurance for the development. The couple point out that there is only one bungalow among the 219 new homes at Byron’s Wood.
They claim they have had to put up with much dust and noise during the building work. But they stress that they are not blaming the workmen, who are only carrying out instructions they have been given.
In a statement, Bovis say: “There is a long planning history to this development, with the global financial crisis having an impact, construction activity on the site was severely curtailed as elsewhere in the country, due to the status of the UK housing market.
“Consent for the plans which included the bungalows lapsed as a result and, with recovery of the housing market, we have focused on meeting a strong local need for family homes by delivering the originally consented plans, providing much-needed affordable housing and employment opportunities for the community in the process.
“We have kept Mr and Mrs Gregory informed of this development and have offered to put in place measures such as enhanced planting and landscaping on our side of the site to ally their concerns about any perceived impact.”