Residents reeling over estate that is not fully approved

Residents reeling over estate that is not fully approved

Residents of 95 property estate in Framlingham, Suffolk have been left feeling anxious and angry after being told that their brand-new homes do not have full and appropriate planning permissions.

Initially, the 95-home plot at Mount Pleasant, Framlingham, was approved in January of 2016. Following this approval, work started a year later.

As with many lengthy projects, complications can occur. The Persimmon Homes building group applied for revised plans to be approved in August 2017, but continue for the development to be granted the permission.

Given that residents have already began occupying the properties, concerns are growing as to what this could mean.

The promotional video for the Mount Pleasant estate describes the community as “a great location for first time buyers, young professionals, growing families or downsizers.” However, the recent news will transform the estate into an anxiety riddled nightmare for many residents that want clarification on the security of their recently purchased home.

The combination of two, three, four and five-bedroom houses could face demolition if the necessary permissions are refused by the Suffolk Coastal District Council (SCDC).

The SCDC sent a letter to residents claiming: “two further applications, regarding the precise layout and detailed external appearance of the buildings are not yet authorised.

“This may come as an unpleasant surprise for those who have moved into properties.”

An unnamed and concerned resident said: “The wording on the letter is confusing, but they can’t really turf you out of your house, can they?”

This uncertainty and confusion will linger throughout Mount Pleasant for the remainder of September. Although a report will be submitted to the planning committee meeting on September 20th that will recommend a sit visit by councillors, there is no guarantee that the request will be granted and that subsequent permissions will be authorised with any urgency.

In a year when residents should be enjoying the nesting process and building a new community, they have been left feeling bewildered, angry and worried about the future of their newly purchased homes.

Should all building firms ensure planning documentation is finalised before selling and completing on the properties? Have any of your clients been left in a similar situation?  



Martin Parrin

Martin is a Senior Content Writer for Today’s Conveyancer, Today’s Wills and Probate, Today’s Legal Cyber Risk and Today's Family Lawyer

Having qualified as a teacher, Martin previously worked as a Secondary English Teacher that responsible for Head of Communications.

After recently returning to the North West from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, Martin has left teaching to start a career in writing and pursue his lifelong passion with the written word.

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