Residents’ anger after green space in Northampton is ‘churned up’ by diggers

Diggers have damaged a green space near Lancaster Way in Northampton

Diggers have damaged a green space near Lancaster Way in Northampton

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A developer has removed its diggers and replaced a fence after damage was caused to an area of green space in Northampton.

A number of residents living near Lancaster Way contacted the Chronicle & Echo after diggers started to pull up the soil in an area of green space near to where 140 houses are set to be built.

Diggers have damaged a green space near Lancaster Way in Northampton

Diggers have damaged a green space near Lancaster Way in Northampton

Barbara Seamark, who lives in Buckingham Fields, said Bovis Homes, which was given the go-ahead to build the new housing estate in 2013, did not have permission to change the green space.

She said: “There are a lot of angry people. They have churned up the green space and knocked down a fence.”

A spokesman for Northampton Borough Council said a council enforcement officer had visited the site on Tuesday and made contact with Bovis Homes.

The spokesman said: “A fence owned by Northampton Borough Council was damaged and has now been replaced by the developer. All of the machinery has been taken away from the site and the borough council will continue to monitor the situation.”

Bovis Homes was granted planning permission to build 140 homes off Lancaster Way in July 2013, despite confusion over who owned part of the site.

The plans were backed by Northampton Borough Council’s planning committee this week, despite residents expressing concerns that part of the development site was not owned by Bovis Homes, including one piece of land which contained a deep well.

Bovis Homes has been approached for a comment.