Neighbours fear building work chaosBy Laura Herbert
February 25, 2013
NEIGHBOURS in a quiet cul-de-sac fear a 34-home development will bring chaos after preparatory work caused disruption last week.
Developers Charles Church moved into Suffolk Close, Woosehill, to fence off one property earmarked for demolition, before building work begins on The Chestnuts.
The initial works have left homeowners reeling after they were not informed and some were unable to access their own driveways.
One man, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “As residents we should have been notified.
“Up until November last year we were getting notifications from the council then last week the developers turned up with diggers.
“The biggest issue is that four or five cars were parked over driveways which meant it was almost impossible to get into our driveways.
“It was a massive inconvenience.
“This is just the preparatory works so God knows what it’s going to be like when they start the development.”
Charles Church was granted permission on appeal in December to build The Chestnuts development and demolish 6 Suffolk Close to create an access road.
Another neighbour, who didn’t want to be named, said on Friday: “Residents are understandably upset.
“After three years and two appeals they have accepted the development will go ahead but feel seriously let down by the people they voted into the council who appear to value the amount of money the developer will contribute to their funds for roads and schools more than the safety, and concerns of the residents they are supposed to serve.
“Suffolk Close was a quiet safe close where our children could play, now it will be a busy dangerous intersection where drivers and pedestrians will not be safe.
“The immediate road system surrounding Suffolk Close is not equipped to take this larger volume of traffic. The heavy machinery used to demolish the house and build the road will access the site via Chestnut Avenue.
“Ironically, this was dismissed as an access road due to the possible destruction of its rural nature.
“It will now be destroyed anyway and the safety of dog walkers cyclists and large numbers of children using it to walk to school will be jeopardised – again no notification of this has been issued.”
A Charles Church spokeswoman said: “Investigative works and tree protection have taken place on the site off Suffolk Close.
“Timescales for demolition of existing building and construction of new dwellings will be dependent on the outcome of our investigations and ongoing discussions with the planning department and Wokingham Borough Council.”