Residents angry at impact of King’s Lynn building work on their homes, but council say no issues raised with them

Residents angry with impact of building work at the back of their homes.''In Front Christina Gill. with FLtoR Tracy Durrant. Sharon Loveridge. Kristian Dixon. Alex Kemp. ANL-150722-213121009
Residents angry with impact of building work at the back of their homes.''In Front Christina Gill. with FLtoR Tracy Durrant. Sharon Loveridge. Kristian Dixon. Alex Kemp. ANL-150722-213121009

Work on a major Lynn housing development is blighting neighbouring homes and not enough is being done to address it, residents have claimed.

People living in the Saddlebow Road area of South Lynn say up to 20 properties in the area have been affected by the development of new homes on the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area (NORA) site.

And community leaders are now calling for urgent action amid householders’ fears that their concerns may not be addressed for up to three years, until the project is completed.

But both Freebridge Community Housing, who own many of the affected properties, and West Norfolk Council say they have not been made aware of any concerns among residents.

The authority also says it is satisfied that proper procedures were followed before work began and are still being followed now.

Although work on phase two of the project is currently underway, residents say they have been experiencing problems since the initial work began two years ago.

They claim that gardens and fences have been damaged and regularly flooded since work to raise the ground level of the NORA site, which the council says was a condition of the planning permission granted for the project, was completed.

They also say walls have been cracked and they have experienced shaking while the work has been taking place.

One resident, Christina Gill, said she had now been told that no repairs would be made to her fence until the project is completed “and that could be up to three years away.”

Another resident, Kris Dixon, said: “It’s a joke. We’re just being swept under the carpet.”

And county councillor Alexandra Kemp claimed the experiences of Saddlebow Road’s residents demonstrated the potential risks to communities across the borough from potential future housing projects.

She said: “The building of new homes should never cause this amount of damage and intrusion to neighbouring homes.

“This is a warning to the public that, with massive developments planned, there are no safeguards to stop this happening elsewhere in West Norfolk.”

But a West Norfolk Council spokesman said yesterday: “We have not been made aware by residents of any issues in the vicinity of the new homes being developed on NORA. We understand that living next to a building site can be noisy and unpleasant, but our contractors are working hard to keep any disruption and disturbance to a minimum.

“We are satisfied that all appropriate procedures have and are being followed with residents being offered 
condition assessments of their properties before work began.

“This ensures that any damage caused by the construction work can be easily identified and rectified.

“As far as we are aware, issues raised with the contractors, that relate to the development, have been dealt with accordingly.”

Freebridge Community Housing’s director of property, Colin Davison, added: “If any Freebridge Community Housing tenant has concerns about the work that’s happening at South Lynn they should call us on 03332 404 444.”