Unfinished building ‘hitting home prices’

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FED-UP residents claim an unfinished development on their estate is driving down the price of their houses.

Homeowners on Whitemoor say the half-built shop on Gregory’s Way has been lying empty for nearly two years and fear prospective buyers are being put-off by the unfinished building.

In September last year a Government planning inspector threw out an appeal to build a takeaway on the site, which is next to the Tesco Express, after residents and police raised concerns over traffic, parking, noise and litter. Since then it has remained vacant and locals are becoming increasingly concerned.

Nearby resident mum-of-two Katie Gregory, 35, said: “It’s ridiculous. We have been trying to sell our house for the last year but this is putting people off and forced us to lower the price.”

Lesley Kelly, 67, said: “Nobody seems bothered about it. It needs sorting out sooner rather than later. It’s a complete eyesore.”

Pete Gombos, 39, said no building work had taken place on the site for over a year.

The Belper News tried to the contact the developer through, however, calls were not returned at time of going to press.

A spokesman for Amber Valley Borough Council said: “We have been in touch with the owners of the site and asked them to clear rubbish.

“We are reasonably satisfied the owners are complying with our requirements.”