Builders halt work af­ter stone com­plaint

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

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

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