Elswick Park residents say they wish they had never bought new Yate houses after plans for more homes are revealed

Residents of Elswick Park are furious at the way developer Taylor Wimpey has 'misled' them over future use of a remaining green space

Residents of Elswick Park are furious at the way developer Taylor Wimpey has 'misled' them over future use of a remaining green space

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PEOPLE who bought properties on one of Yate’s newest housing estates are furious at developers Taylor Wimpey as plans for more homes have been submitted on land earmarked for community use.

Homeowners in Elswick Park, the former Sea Stores site on Kennedy Way, say they have been misled by the firm which sold them their houses on the basis a section of land at the front of the 238-property estate would be reserved for either a public building or left free for children to play in.

Taylor Wimpey has just submitted a planning application for nine executive three, four and five-bedroom houses on most of the 0.47-hectare land, leaving just 0.17 hectares for a community building.

Kath Frost, who bought her new three-storey home on Normandy Drive in 2011, said: “It is so disheartening.

“When the plans were first released that area of land was reserved for 'future community use’. Now it says 'future development'.

"All Taylor Wimpey is interested in is money.”

She added: “The new houses will be directly at the end of our garden and will spoil my outlook and privacy. It is going to make living here feel even more claustrophobic.”

Odette Kao, who also bought her home from new in 2011, said she regretted ever having bought a property in the development.

“When I was looking to buy I specifically asked about that land and was told it would not have houses built on by the site manager at the time,” she said. “We were given false information.”

Mrs Kao said with the high percentage of affordable housing at Elswick Park, largely operated by Merlin Housing Society, an area for children to play was essential.

“A lot of our neighbours have already sold up and moved on,” she said. “If there were going to be houses built there I would never have bought here.

“I understand the rules on the percentage of affordable housing but if that is the case you need to cater for those people. There are already a lot of children who play on the road and if that land is built on they will have no choice.”

Taylor Wimpey has offered to sell the remaining land to Yate Town Council for £1 but has insisted vehicular access to a future community building would have to be via the new cul-de-sac.

At a meeting in May, town councillors told the company that would prevent planning permission ever being granted for a theatre or arts venue and would make the site ‘more of a liability than an offer’.

In response, Taylor Wimpey is now applying for full permission for the nine new homes and outline permission for a community building to ensure the land is usable.

A spokesman said:“A section of the land, rather than the entire plot, was earmarked by Taylor Wimpey for potential community use, however, this was never a requirement of developing Elswick Park and a detailed plan for the land was never drawn up – until now.

“In terms of community benefit at Elswick Park we have already paid £156,760 to South Gloucestershire Council to spend on a community building as part of a legal agreement for the previous development.”

Cllr Ruth Davis (Lib Dem, Yate Central) said: “It is a joke.

“The original idea was that this land was for community use but Taylor Wimpey has already marked the line out where they want to put the houses. Effectively they have already decided this is what they are going to do.”

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7:09pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Freda Piles says...

Cllr Ruth Davis (Lib Dem, Yate Central) said: “It is a joke.
Would this be any different to the U-turn that Steve Webb MP did over the frozen pension policy ? He was adamant that this discrimination should be abandoned and all pensioners receive the indexed pension that they have paid for while he was in opposition. But no, now in the perfect position to do just that, even though the situation has not changed with respect to the discrimination, he does nothing. This is not a joke.
Perhaps you would like to ask him why ?
I sympathise with the householders concerned here and promises should be kept whether by companies and politicians.
Cllr Ruth Davis (Lib Dem, Yate Central) said: “It is a joke. Would this be any different to the U-turn that Steve Webb MP did over the frozen pension policy ? He was adamant that this discrimination should be abandoned and all pensioners receive the indexed pension that they have paid for while he was in opposition. But no, now in the perfect position to do just that, even though the situation has not changed with respect to the discrimination, he does nothing. This is not a joke. Perhaps you would like to ask him why ? I sympathise with the householders concerned here and promises should be kept whether by companies and politicians. Freda Piles
  • Score: 7

8:27pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Bagochips says...

The residents of Elswick Park has my complete sympathy, as this sort of deceitful double cross happens all too often!
If I were in their shoes I would go to my local MP with my case. Surely their local MP would take up the cudgel on their behalf wouldn't he?
I believe Steve Webb is MP for Yate, he is perfect for this job, as he is well aware of double crosses - having perfected the art himself.
Mr Webb is well known for doing an amazing about turn when the occasion demands it. His talent of reversal of opinion must be seen to be believed. For evidence of this just consult Hansard - or ask any UK frozen OAP, they'll only be too glad to tell you all about double crossing!
The residents of Elswick Park has my complete sympathy, as this sort of deceitful double cross happens all too often! If I were in their shoes I would go to my local MP with my case. Surely their local MP would take up the cudgel on their behalf wouldn't he? I believe Steve Webb is MP for Yate, he is perfect for this job, as he is well aware of double crosses - having perfected the art himself. Mr Webb is well known for doing an amazing about turn when the occasion demands it. His talent of reversal of opinion must be seen to be believed. For evidence of this just consult Hansard - or ask any UK frozen OAP, they'll only be too glad to tell you all about double crossing! Bagochips
  • Score: 5

2:21pm Fri 5 Sep 14

flattop72 says...

Can they declare it to be a 'Village Green'?
Can they declare it to be a 'Village Green'? flattop72
  • Score: 0
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