Planning concerns over housing estate

A HALTON Holegate resident has expressed her concerns over a housing development which is directly behind her house.

Sheryl Rymer, of Station Road, says the new properties have been ‘built too high’ and now the kitchen of the nearest one faces ‘directly’ into her bedroom.

“I’ve tried to contact the developer of the site but I’ve had no returned calls or letters,” said Sheryl.

The project at Manor Drive is being developed by Stepford Homes and was due to be handed over to New Linx homes this month.

But issues have been raised by planners regarding the construction of the site and its compliance with the original planning permission that was granted.

“The scheme was due to be handed over to New Linx in December but this will now be delayed pending the resolution of the planning issues between Stepford Homes and East Lindsey District Planners,” said Jack Whyman, Director of Operations with New Linx Housing Trust.

The site, once completed, will include, 11 rented properties, two shared ownership properties, nine houses and four bungalows.

“The issues raised by local residents were the subject of discussions between the planning authority and the developer and it is hoped that a resolution can be found early in 2012 so that these much needed homes for local people can be made available through New Linx and Waterloo Homes,” added Mr Whyman.

But Sheryl, who lives in a row of terraced houses, says the development is so close to her home, that she now has no proper access to her oil tank in the back garden.

“I didn’t think you were allowed to do that. They are going to build a part access which isn’t even a full metre wide but it won’t reach right up to my property,” added Sheryl.

And Sheryl claims that she was not invited to take part in any consultation over the development and received no letters to inform her of the work.

“One day they just turned up and started building and now it’s too tall, the fences are even too high. I’m not against homes but they’ve got to be right,” she added.

A spokesperson for ELDC said: “The developer must re-submit a revised planning application for us to consider the work that has actually been done.

“The original plan doesn’t match the work that has been done. It is not acceptable for developments to breach planning regulations, and if this can’t be resolved quickly we will take direct planning enforcement action.”

A planning enforcement officer is due to visit the site within the next 15 days and Sheryl has since been contacted by Stepford Homes to discuss her concerns.

“Even if they do sort out a few of the issues, it won’t matter if they’ve been built too tall,” added Sheryl.

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