Residents' fury as new build estate with £600k homes still unfinished two years after moving in

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Residents have blasted unfixed roads on Martin’s Reach estate in Wollaton. (SWNS)
Residents have blasted unfixed roads on Martin’s Reach estate in Wollaton. (SWNS)

Residents of a new build estate in Nottingham have spoken of their “nightmare” that the development remains unfinished two years after they moved in.

Homeowners say Avant Homes have not fixed a catalogue of faults at Martin’s Reach estate in Wollaton – including potholed roads, dangerous paths and a fenced-off playground.

The firm – which boasts the slogan 'Good. Better. Different' – faces a barrage of criticism for leaving "a catalogue of disasters" at the estate, where homes cost up to £600,000.

Residents say they are forced to walk in the middle of the road because of the state of paths around the 110-house estate, while one resident was rushed to hospital after tripping over.

Others have reportedly been forced to fork out to repair their cars which have been damaged by deep potholes.

A playground remains fenced off on Martin's Reach estate. (SWNS)
A playground remains fenced off on Martin's Reach estate. (SWNS)
Debris lies behind a fenced-off area on Martin's Reach estate. (SWNS)
Debris lies behind a fenced-off area on Martin's Reach estate. (SWNS)

New mum Rachel Hopkins, who has lived in Pond Way for just over two years, says she fears being run over by cars while taking her new baby out.

She said: "The paths are really bad when I'm pushing the pram.

“People have had trouble with wheelchair access too.

“I do not know when they are supposed to finish the estate.

“I have to sometimes push the pushchair in the road. It’s shocking.”

Avant Homes were given the green-light to build the estate of 1-5 bedroom homes ranging from £240,000 to £600,000, in 2019.

Homes at Martin's Reach cost up to £600,000. (SWNS)
Homes at Martin's Reach cost up to £600,000. (SWNS)
Residents have reportedly been forced to fork out to repair their cars which have been damaged by deep potholes. (SWNS)
Residents have reportedly been forced to fork out to repair their cars which have been damaged by deep potholes. (SWNS)

Nottingham City Council originally rejected the plans after receiving more than 5,000 objections from locals but the company successfully overturned the ruling after appealing to the government's Planning Inspectorate.

In February this year councillors ordered the firm to urgently complete the work but more than three months later the estate is still unfinished.

Another resident said: “Some people have paid £600,000 on their dream home but it’s like living on a building site, it’s a nightmare that never ends.

“Avant don’t give a monkey’s. Some of the roads and pavements are unusable, the play area is fenced off and there are cables and debris all over the place.

"The houses are lovely and all built to a good spec but if you want to walk or drive around the estate then you can forget it.

Avant Homes were given the green-light to build the estate of 1-5 bedroom homes in 2019. (SWNS)
Avant Homes were given the green-light to build the estate of 1-5 bedroom homes in 2019. (SWNS)
In February this year councillors ordered Avant Homes to urgently complete the work but more than three months later the estate is still unfinished. (SWNS)
In February this year councillors ordered Avant Homes to urgently complete the work but more than three months later the estate is still unfinished. (SWNS)

"I know someone who wrecked their new car on the potholes and one delivery driver refused to risk taking their truck down the road. It's a shambles."

Labour councillor for Wollaton, Steve Battlemuch, blasted the developers, saying the delays in completing the estate is "unacceptable".

He added: “The whole infrastructure of the estate is unfinished. All the roads and pavements are in such a state residents physically can’t get around the estate…

“I would like to see Avant Homes fined with the money going to the city council to invest in schemes for the public.”

An Avant Homes spokeswoman said the company was “currently in discussions with our contractors” to fix the remaining works at the estate.

She added: “These final works are due to commence in the coming weeks and will be completed in accordance with the obligations outlined in the approved planning permission.”

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