LOCALS and plot owners are outraged after they say their home has been ruined in a new-build nightmare.
Residents near a new housing development in Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, are calling for compensation after the historic fence that had stood there for at least 80 years was demolished.
One person who has lived at Wilbur Chase said residents now feel “unwelcome” due to the developer’s actions.
While many homes have already been completed on the site, the final project will see 175 homes built in the village.
The development is based on the Buttercup Allocation, which is privately owned, with a fence separating the two.
However, in April, a contractor working on behalf of Avant Homes tore down about 30 meters of the fence that was inhabited by wildlife including badgers, nesting birds and grass snakes.
The developer has admitted this shouldn’t have happened and has replanted what was destroyed.
However, Buttercup Allotments owner Brian Booker, 80, told Nottingham Post Office: “Now they have and put up a fence between us and them, which we don’t mind, and they have replanted.
“But it will take years for fences to regrow and habitat and wildlife to recover.
“I’m not one to bury my head in the sand. There have to be houses and they have to be in someone’s back garden, but you can’t go around tearing a fence.”
He estimates the destroyed fence has been there for at least 80 years.
An email from a senior Avant Homes employee, seen by the news agency, said: “Avant accepts that the removal of that fence did not follow the correct protocols.”
A spokesperson for Avant Homes said: “We have replaced the fence and can confirm that it has been inspected as required by local authorities.”
However, locals want Avant Homes to take more action and have written to the company.
The letter, signed by many residents, urges Avant Homes to donate to Ruddington Parish Council and Buttercup Allotments to compensate for the damage caused.
Avant Homes was also asked to create a wildflower meadow in the new Wilbur Chase development, as well as install nesting boxes for birds.
The developer has not yet addressed these requests.
The letter said: “This action has greatly upset the owner, Brian Booker, the patrons of the plots and other villagers.
“This is taken as clear evidence that the developer is not prioritizing the well-being of our new village and its environment.
“Moreover, the developer’s actions have left new residents of the Wilbur Chase estate feeling unwelcome in Ruddington, as we are alleged to have contributed to the destruction of our natural heritage and destruction of our natural heritage. break the sense of community that we hold dear.
“As concerned residents, we believe action is needed to protect the wildlife and habitat of our village.”
Andrew Seggie, a resident of the development and organizer of the letter, said: “The other developments didn’t pose too much of a problem, but a lot of people were upset by this.
“Developers should have built houses and said ‘look, these are all good people and they’ll be good neighbors’, but instead they come and destroy animals local wild.”
Mr. Booker added that he hopes Avant Homes will now leave the rest of the fence in place as development work continues.
Work on the Wilbur Chase property is expected to be completed in 2024.
The Sun Online has reached out to Avant Homes for comment.