Work to finish roads at a Costessey housing estate delayed

12:26 07 December 2012


Queen's Hills housing estate at Costessey.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2008

Roads remain unfinished on a Costessey housing estate years after they were meant to be completed by developers.

The main road to Queen’s Hills housing estate, Sir Alfred Munnings Road, has not yet been brought up to a good enough standard for Norfolk County Council to adopt it from the consortium of developers.

And the work to improve it and the roundabout at the entrance to Queen’s Hills is now unlikely to start until after the new year, despite hopes it would be done by Christmas.

Costessey parish councillor, Katy Smith, who lives on Queen’s Hills, said: “The work needs doing as soon as possible.

“It is not as safe as a finished road.

“People say the rear of their cars skid around the roundabout.”

Once Sir Alfred Munnings Road has been completed, the county council will then adopt Kestrel Avenue, Fairway and Poethlyn Drive.

A spokesman for the developers, which include Bloor Homes, Bovis Homes and Taylor Wimpey, said they hoped to surface the roads in “the very near future” following a recent meeting.

He said: “Once the final paperwork has been approved then phase one of highways works on the estate can begin and it is likely to take about six weeks to complete the work on this phase.”

Matt Tracey, developer services manager for Norfolk County Council, said: “While the county council has every sympathy with the resident’s frustrations with the situation, the roads and footpaths within Queen’s Hills remain the sole responsibility of the consortium of developers.

“We will continue to pressure the developers to get the necessary works complete so the roads and footpaths can be formally adopted.”

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  • Do not move onto this estate until they have finished the roads or you are properly indemnified. And if you are buying on from the first purchaser make absolutely certain you flag this up to your solicitor. In any event the lender, if you require a mortgage, wont lend without full indemnity. What are these people playing at?

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