New pledges made to residents of unfinished Queens Hills estate in Costessey

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
6:30 AM

Construction chiefs have moved to calm frustrations over an unfinished Costessey housing estate at a special meeting.

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Developers of the Queens Hills estate last night pledged to surface more roads by autumn, install bollards to prevent travellers setting up camp on green spaces and paint double yellow lines to curb problem parking.

It was the latest development in a long-running saga for the estate, whose lead developer Cofton collapsed into administration in

2009.

Representatives from the developers currently involved with Queens Hills attended the meeting at The Costessey Centre, in Longwater Lane, together with councillors and officers.

They fielded questions from residents, with issues including bumpy roads, problem parking, access difficulties and gripes with private management companies.

Bryn Maidman, managing director of Taylor Wimpey East Anglia, said more roads would be surfaced as soon as drainage issues were resolved with Anglian Water.

He added that the firm should be able to upgrade “larger areas of roads” from autumn.

Dan Brown, who works for Kier, addressed a resident concerned about traveller incursions. He said bollards would be installed as soon as

possible, but permission was first required from Anglian Water – which required access to a nearby pumping station.

A spokesman for the Queens Hills Consortium of developers said: “The developers remain committed to providing the facilities and infrastructure promised to the Queens Hills community by the original landowner, before it entered administration.

“Much has already been achieved including the creation of play areas, the provision of funding for the community centre and the construction of the bus link, which will be completed shortly.

“However, much remains beyond our control, and we are grateful for the opportunity to attend this meeting of Costessey Parish Council to discuss with members and residents how we can best work together

for the benefit of the local community.”

Families on the estate are still waiting for amenities that were promised when they moved into their homes.

Queens Hills currently comprises 1,250 homes and has consent for 1,900 in total.

To put a question to Costessey Parish Council, email info@costesseypc.org

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