Residents are taking a stand against builder

Rachael Hogg, Coun Glen Sanderson and Johnny Wearmouth on site.
Rachael Hogg, Coun Glen Sanderson and Johnny Wearmouth on site.

Claims have been made that work has started on a new housing development without the necessary paperwork in place.

Residents living near to the development at Stobhill say house builder Barratt has started work despite pre-commencement planning conditions not yet being discharged by the council.

Resident Rachael Hogg said: “We feel that Barratt are acting in a massively inconsiderate way in the manner in which they have started this work without having had official permission to begin.

“They are not adhering to the general Northumberland construction working hours and on some mornings they have started before 7.30am, causing disturbance to neighbouring properties.

“They are also parking vehicles on the grass verges outside of the site and have made an unofficial entrance onto the land from the A192 rather than the approved A196.”

County Coun Glen Sanderson, whose ward covers the area where the development is located, said: “I have been raising this issue at County Hall in conjunction with my colleague Coun David Bawn to seek appropriate enforcement action by the Planning Authority.

“It is important that the council takes appropriate action to restore local confidence in the process.”

A spokesperson for Barratt Homes said: “It is correct that Barratt Homes has started work at Stobhill, providing not only employment in the area but also 396 much-needed new homes where it is agreed by all that a massive housing shortage exists.

“The initial order for site strip and the formation of access and drains is one which will provide an economic boost to the immediate area of £5.4million.

“We have a temporary permission from Northumberland County Council to access the site from the A192, until the roadworks have been completed, at which time we will revert to using the A196.

“With regards to work commencing earlier than agreed, one of our contractors, on a single occasion, began work half an hour early. We immediately addressed this issue and reiterated the necessity to abide by our strict construction method statement.”