10th Dec, 2019

Developer says Yew Tree Hill development 'not delayed' despite rumours

Harry Leach 28th Nov, 2019 Updated: 28th Nov, 2019

DEVELOPER Redrow has denied rumours that Droitwich’s highly-controversial Yew Tree Hill development has been delayed due to engineers installing ‘the wrong cables’.

Housebuilder Redrow also said the development still remains on track, despite residents nearby saying they saw Openreach employees having to redo the works.

A source close to the project told the Standard that there is a delay, but it has nothing to do with cabling like some residents are speculating.

The source said: “The developers will hopefully release a statement soon but until then I cannot say much.”

The development, on land north of Pulley Lane and Copcut Lane, has been going on for the best part of a year, causing traffic and noise disruptions in the area.

It will include up to 765 homes, a 200-bed care home and a mixed-use local centre but the completed homes cannot be occupied until work to improve the A38 crossroad with Pulley Lane and Copcut Lane has been finished.

It leaves new homeowners still in limbo over when they can move into the homes they’ve already paid for.

Nearby resident Robert Fenn said: “We are hearing the development has been delayed because contractors are having to fit new cables.

“If correct, how much additional money is this costing the council taxpayers of Droitwich?

“The town is absolutely sick of these delays.

“I cannot even get off my estate some days and coming up the A38 from Worcester can take nearly an hour instead of the normal ten minutes.”

Frustrated motorists thought their problems were behind them earlier this month when the county council’s highways department announced traffic lights and a lane closure in Copcut Lane – in place since April – were being lifted.

But just days later they were put back in place.

When contacted by the Standard, Redrow, which is working alongside Persimmon Homes, said: “There is no issue with the cabling which Openreach have undertaken.

“The works remain on track.”

* WHAT have been your experiences of the Yew Tree Hill development and the issues which surrounding it?

Maybe you live nearby and have encountered extra traffic?

Email your views to editor@droitwichstandard.co.uk

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