10,000 bricks, two portable toilets, one skip and 20 tonnes of sand sent to Old Costessey home rather than housing development in address mix-up
PUBLISHED: 08:08 30 November 2016 | UPDATED: 07:54 01 December 2016
Archant Norfolk 2016
It started with an attempted delivery of 10,000 bricks.
And after failed attempts to drop off two portable toilets, a skip and 20 tonnes of building sand at a detached Victorian family home rather than a new housing development – the situation has reached a “stand-off ” between homeowner and building site firm.
Both the home off Townhouse Road in Old Costessey, belonging to Michael Whiteley, and the nearby housing plot, being developed by Bury St Edmunds-based Bennett Homes, share the name Woodlands.
This has caused large deliveries of building materials to stop outside Mr Whiteley’s home since May 9 rather than the unfinished site for 62 new homes, due to be completed in spring next year.
Bennett Homes have offered to put up a large metal sign outside Mr Whiteley’s home directing traffic to the housing plot 400 yards away.
But 44-year-old Mr Whiteley did not want such a large commercial sign outside his house, which he shares with his partner and two children, as it was “not in keeping” with his property.
He would prefer a smaller more sympathetic sign as well as money from Bennett Homes to build new gates to prevent delivery lorries and potential home buyers trespassing on his land.
Mr Whiteley’s partner was “in shock” after discovering a lorry attempting to deliver two portable toilets on the driveway.
No other vehicles have accessed the couple’s private land.
Mr Whiteley, a database administrator, said: “It will come to the point where a delivery will be put on my driveway.
“Bennett Homes have responded to my emails but the responses are, ‘we are sorry and we will try not to let it happen again’.
“It is a perpetual cycle. It is quite stressful. You are on tenterhooks every time you hear a delivery. You think it is a delivery lorry on your driveway.”
He added “common sense” had been lost and he was in a stand-off with the family building firm.
Edward Parker, Bennett Homes managing director, apologised for any distress caused but did not believe the firm was at fault and was keen to resolve matters “quickly and effectively”.
He said it was unfortunate both sites shared the Woodlands name and Bennett Homes had “gone to great lengths” to stop delivery lorries pulling up outside Mr Whiteley’s property as well as changing delivery address details with suppliers.
He added: “The offer to provide and pay for signage remains open and we believe this to be a wholly appropriate response and the most effec-tive way to address his concerns.”