Saturday 22 July 2017

Home owner fights to prevent rogue construction deliveries at his property

A householder has complained over attempted deliveries of building materials to his home
A householder has complained over attempted deliveries of building materials to his home

A man whose home shares a name with a nearby construction site has complained of a series of attempted deliveries to his address, including 10,000 bricks, 20 tonnes of sand, a skip and two portable toilets.

Michael Whiteley, 44, lives in a house called Woodlands in Norwich.

Bury St Edmunds-based Bennett Homes is building a 62-home development called Woodlands in the same road.

Mr Whiteley said he was not prepared to change the name of his house as it pre-dated the new development, but said there was no law to stop the developer using the same name.

He said he had refused an offer for the developer to erect a sign outside his property to direct traffic to the construction site as he felt it would be unsightly, and was pressing for the firm to fund gates to prevent unwanted deliveries to his driveway.

The database administrator said he had been at home to turn away the rogue deliveries on all but one occasion, when he arrived home to find a vehicle on his drive preparing to drop off a portable toilet.

"I'm worried I'll come home from work one day and there will be something on the driveway," he said.

He added: "It's ended up being a bun fight.

"They're stuck in the mud about it and we're not going to change our name.

"We're the innocent party in all of this and we're caught in the cross fire."

Edward Parker, managing director of Bennett Homes, said: "We regret that Mr Whiteley remains concerned but we believe his fears are unfounded."

He said vehicles may have stopped outside Mr Whiteley's property but would have been looking for a building site and not a private house.

Bennett Homes had "gone to great lengths" to stop delivery lorries pulling up outside his property, changing delivery address details with suppliers to ensure clarity and offering to provide and pay for a directional sign, added Mr Parker.

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