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Residents now hit out at quality of 'eco-homes'
A multi-million pound ‘eco homes of the future’ development in Bradford has come under further criticism for the standard of its construction.
And developer Lovell – which built the 45-property Pavilion Gardens project in Dudley Hill – has come under fire for not attending a meeting this week between residents,p Bradford Council and Yorkshire Housing which manages the homes .
The Telegraph & Argus exclusively reported on Monday that people living on the development were experiencing sky-high electricity bills from their supposed environmentally-friendly homes, which feature solar panels and either biomass or Nibe boilers.
They had been promised that the homes would be cheap to run when they moved in 18 months ago.
Now, the Council – which funded the £5.6m scheme alongside the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) – has promised to recompense households who have paid over the odds as an investigation continues into why the state-of-the-art heating systems do not work as planned.
But residents have also criticised the build quality of the homes and the living conditions within them.
Denise Brown said she and other residents were surprised Lovell did not attend the meeting.
The 52-year-old, who has osteoporosis and arthritis and wants to move, said: “They should have been there to tell us their side of the story, it would have been interesting to hear what they had to say about all this.
“I’ve had enough. I want out of here.
“The hot water’s only tepid, you could bath a baby in it – to get it any hotter I have to fill kettles.”
Another resident described her property as being only half-finished. She said: “It’s like the house that Jack built!”
Other complaints included toilets not flushing properly, gardens flooding and poor drainage.
David Shepherd, assistant director for regeneration and culture at the Council, said: “We are aware that, as is the case with any newly-built properties, there are some separate issues with some of the properties.
“The issues that are to do with the heating are being dealt with as part of the build contract with Lovell’s.
“Any issues that are to do with general repair and maintenance of the properties are being dealt with by our managing agent Yorkshire Housing. We are not aware of any legal action being taken by the residents.”
A Lovell spokesman said: “We appreciate that this is causing problems for residents and have been working closely with them, the Council, the manufacturer of the heating systems and consultants to try to resolve the issue.
“We have another meeting with the Council this week and hope that will bring us closer to a satisfactory resolution.
“The homes at the development were built according to the specification stipulated by the original contract and Lovell will do everything we can to assist the residents and resolve any issues.”