Developer is accused of hiding behind planning 'loophole' over unfinished estate
Residents on a Wisbech housing estate are still waiting for action on roads and pavements that have been left unfinished for nearly a decade.
It's nine months since the Citizen last did a story in October on the issues facing those living on the Cromwell Gardens development off Cromwell Road and despite promises at the time from developer Reason Homes - nothing much has happened.
There are now 57 members of the Cromwell Gardens Residents Group which claims the unfinished pathways and roads are a health and safety issue and two areas of land that are overgrown with weeds are attracting rats, fly-tippers and on at least one occasion an amorous couple enjoying a lunchtime trist.
Colin Patterson, who bought his home in Ellerby Drive off-plan and moved in three years ago, is among those fed-up with the state of the roads and paths and claims Reason Homes is continuing to hide behind a planning loophole over the unfinished estate.
He said: "They don't have to finish the roads and paths until they have finished building the estate. There is a piece of land which I was told would have town houses built on it when I bought my home that is still waiting to be developed.
"It doesn't even have planning permission on it at the moment, but until that is built-on Reason Homes argue the estate is not finished. This is a loophole that really needs to be addressed.
"There are mobile buildings on the land which homeless people were breaking into and the site is just a mess. Another area of land is supposed to be a children's play area, but it is overgrown with weeds. Some of the weeds are so high they are over the six feet fence of neighbouring properties.
"Reason Homes do come from time to time to do a bit of work on the footpaths and they are now about 75 per cent finished. They come do a bit and then go away for a few weeks. It is totally frustrating.
"We have contacted Fenland Council's planning department, the county council, the local MP and our local councillor Steve Tierney to try to force Reason Homes to do what needs to be done, but so far it has got us no where.
"We are now looking into going down the legal route, but we can only really do that based on trades description. The only weapon we have is to tarnish the name of Reason Homes.
"They are building estates all over the country and set up a Facebook page, which they took down after we started posting about our estate and the problems we were having. All we want is what we were promised, finished roads, footpaths and a play area for the children.
"The issue is affecting people who want to move as they have to try to sell their home on an unfinished estate, which takes longer and means the sale price is lower than what they are really worth. I personally retired early and was really excited to buy my first ever new home, now I feel I have wasted my money."
Reason Homes have been asked to comment.