Builders halt work after stone complaint
ADEVELOPER brought building work to a sudden halt after hearing residents weren’t happy with the type of stone they were using.
Residents in Bollington complained when they spotted developer Henderson Homes using reconstituted stone for the construction of seven new houses off Hurst Lane.
They said the reconstituted stone would not fit in with the surrounding houses, which are built using natural stone.
Despite having full planning permission to build four semi-detached and three detached homes using reconstituted stone, developer Henderson Homes agreed to stop building and has now successfully applied to the council for permission to build the houses using natural sandstone.
Coun Angela Williams, from Bollington Town Council which objected to the development, said she was pleased the developer listened to residents.
She said: “When new houses are built in Bollington they should be in keeping with the existing stone of the town.
“The stone they are using is not local stone, it’s from York, but blends better than the reconstituted stone.
“It’s very important to protect how Bollington looks. We try to keep planning under control by registering our objections.”
The site – known as The Moorings – is a former joinery workshop on the banks of the canal and was sold by the Canal and River Trust to be developed as new homes, and release money to maintain the waterways.
Building work started towards the end of last year and the walls were built part way up when residents complained to the council.
Max Henderson, Henderson Homes MD, said: “Our company has been in business for over 60 years and you don’t achieve this by not listening to local communities.
“We have worked very hard to provide a development that is in keeping with the fantastic setting and provides a lovely place to live while being appreciated by those enjoying the canal.
“While the reconstituted stone is a perfectly acceptable material, nothing beats the real thing and we’re delighted the council responded quickly to our request to substitute the material.”
The Moorings is being marketed by Bollington estate agents Holmes Naden on High Street.
The site on Hurst Lane, Bollington, and how the completed homes will look
Ingrid Katarina Karlsson’s work, left, is one of the exhibits on display at the Grosvenor Centre exhibition