Chichester residents hit out over Heritage site construction

The building work at the Heritage Site
The building work at the Heritage Site
  • The Heritage site in Winden Avenue has been due to be demolished for several years
  • Work finally got underway at the end of 2013
  • Tenants are due to move in during the next few weeks, according to the Hyde Group

DISPLEASED neighbours of a major new housing site have said building work on the former eyesore has made their lives a misery.

The Heritage site, in Chichester, has long been a bone of contention for Winden Avenue residents after being left derelict for years. Now, with tenants due to move in, residents claim the construction work has made their lives a misery.

We do of course apologise to any local residents who have experienced inconvenience as a result of the works and we would ask anybody with any specific concerns to contact us directly

Tom Shaw, Hyde Group

“Everyone is standing together on this,” said resident Adrienne Ogden.

“I am very unhappy at the effects of this development on us and our environment.

“Residents have shown immense patience with the noise and disruption of the building work over the past two years but the builders themselves have shown no respect for us.”

Tom Shaw, development director for the south of housing association Hyde Group, has apologised.

“The nature of construction activity inevitably creates an element of disruption to the immediate area; however, Hyde has worked hard at Winden Avenue to limit the impact of the work on the local community as much as reasonably possible,” he said.

He added constructor Drew Smith was ‘working hard’ to ensure residents experienced the lowest levels of inconvenience possible.

“We do of course apologise to any local residents who have experienced inconvenience as a result of the works and we would ask anybody with any specific concerns to contact us directly,” he said.

The total number of homes was upped from 92 to 94 homes after a communal lounge and buggy store were scrapped.

Hyde said it was expecting to receive permission for this amendment soon.

It was allocated a £1.9m grant from the government for the site, provided it was completed by March. Hyde said it would still receive the cash as building control certificates had been issued.

The 94 homes include 58 one or two-bed flats for renting, and 36 homes for shared ownership.

“We anticipate that 56 of the 58 new affordable rented homes will be available for occupation later this month,” said a spokeswoman.

She said these homes were complete apart from ‘minor external works’. The remainder of homes are due to be ready in August. She confirmed the age criteria for the affordable homes remained at age 50 and above.