Op­tions ‘be­ing ex­plored’ at aban­doned site

Work on 120 flats stopped in 2015

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

A BLOCK of flats in Hayes has been left aban­doned since the con­trac­tors tasked with work went into ad­min­is­tra­tion in June 2015.

The site in Blyth Road, not far from Hayes and Har­ling­ton station, was planned to con­sist of 120 flats, 97 of which would be af­ford­able, but devel­op­ers on the project, Par­a­digm Hous­ing, are now con­sid­er­ing its op­tions with the site 19 months af­ter work first stopped.

The con­trac­tors orig­i­nally re­spon­si­ble for the project, Wood­lands So­cial Hous­ing, went into ad­min­is­tra­tion in June 2015 and work has been stalled since.

Par­a­digm has blamed strict EU reg­u­la­tions for the de­lay and had planned to restart work in May 2016.

Speak­ing in March last year, di­rec­tor of busi­ness devel­op­ment at Par­a­digm An­drew Main said: “Fund­ing is in place for the devel­op­ment of 120 new homes Road.

“Un­for­tu­nately the orig­i­nal con­trac­tor has gone bank­rupt so work on site has tem­po­rar­ily stopped while we ap­point another.

“We’re acutely aware of the need for more af­ford­able homes in the re­gion so do­ing our best to en­sure work at Blyth Road starts again as soon as pos­si­ble.

“We have to fol­low strict EU reg­u­la­tions when ap­point­ing con­trac­tors, which can be time con­sum­ing, how­ever at Blyth

We’re acutely aware of the need for more af­ford­able homes in the re­gion”

we ex­pect things to get mov­ing again with the next two months.”

When asked about the fu­ture of the devel­op­ment, and whether Par­a­digm would be sell­ing the site, a spokesman for the de­vel­oper said: “Work stopped when the main con­trac­tor went into ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“We are cur­rently ex­plor­ing our op­tions.”

The plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for the site was given plan­ning ap­proval by Hilling­don Coun­cil in Septem­ber 2012.

Par­a­digm would not con­firm whether the block of flats would be sold.

SHELL: The site in Blyth Road has not been worked on since 2015

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