Neighbours to a housing development in Hipperholme have objected to plans for a substation at the end of their back gardens.
Persimmon Homes want to provide the substation behind three houses on St Giles Road saying that this is the optimum position for the substation. But residents feel there could be plenty of alternatives given the size of the development next to Crosslee.
Andrew Robinson said he felt that the only reason it was going at the end of his garden was to get it away from their houses. “Persimmon has already scraped out an area for the substation to go. This is totally unacceptable. I am also concerned that they will erect it imminently without planning permission, totally disregarding the objections made about it,” he said.
“Plans were originally agreed for the site and on these plans trees were to be planted at the back of my house. I only found out through my neighbour that the original approved plans had been recently changed by Persimmon and a substation was to be put at the back of my house. Had I been aware of this at the outset when planning was to be obtained I would have vehemently objected from the outset.”
Mr Robinson said he is concerned about the noise, the obstruction to light and any dangers to health. “I would ask persimmon to erect the substation elsewhere on their large development and plant the trees behind my house as was on the original plans. It is a massive development and I am sure that the substation can be put in a more suitable place thus avoiding this antagonising situation which Persimmon has regrettably caused.
“The council has spent a great deal of time meticulously examining the original plans and for them to be changed by Persimmon so soon into the build is unbelievable, particularly with regard to such a major matter as a substation which supplies the whole site with electricity. They have wasted the valuable time of the council and taxpayers’ money.”
He felt that Persimmon was completely ignoring their concerns. “They are not taking into consideration the impact of their actions on existing residents and indeed respecting valuable council time by putting an amendment in place after a mere few weeks of starting construction.”
Councillor David Kirton (Con, Hipp/Light) said it is totally unacceptable. “These houses have been there over 140 years. I have asked that this substation does not go in until this matter has been resolved. I have also suggested that the substation could go in the corner near to the Crosslee factory or the other factory units, where all the industrial units are located.”
Councillor Colin Raistrick (Ind, Hipp/Light) agreed. “It shouldn’t be where they want to put it. They are causing massive disruption and they should at least by trying to be good neighbours. This site has various conditions on and they should stick to those conditions if they are just going to ignore them then what is the point putting them on. The council should also be enforcing them.”
Wayne Gradwell, managing director at Persimmon Homes, said: “I can confirm that the sub-station in question was not included in our original planning application
“Following close consultation with electricity authority it was confirmed that a further sub-station was necessary to provide adequate power to the homes in the area. The location of the sub-station is determined by its proximity to the homes it will power.
“We have worked with the council planning team to minimise the impact that this small sub-station may have on the existing homes and have proposed additional landscaping to shield it from view as much as possible.”