A developer has to demolish and rebuild more than 80 new homes because of problems with their foundations.
Darwin Green, less than two miles from Cambridge city centre, is still under construction and has outline consent for 1,593 new homes.
In June, developers Barratt and David Wilson said they had discovered “issues with the design of some of the foundations” of some homes under construction in phase two of the estate.
They said in a letter to residents at the time that the foundations of 84 “unfinished and unoccupied” homes “were found to be inadequate given the geology of the next phase.”
We sincerely apologize for any negative impact this situation may have had on you and are committed to minimizing the impact of the remedial action
Initially it was said that 30 houses would have to be demolished and rebuilt and that the remaining properties “would also require work to remove the foundations and all other structures that have already begun”.
In documents submitted to Cambridge City Council this month, the developers said that “approx. 83 units” would have to be demolished.
In the June letter to residents, the developers said that “some of the properties in need of demolition have been reserved by our customers.”
“We have met with all customers whose homes are affected by Phase Two and offered them a range of options and support,” they said.
“We are delighted that many have decided to move forward with their purchase of a new home in Darwin Green.”
The letter from Barratt David Wilson Cambridgeshire continued: “We sincerely apologize for any negative impact this situation may have had on you and are committed to minimizing the impact of the remedial action.”
The developer said it had worked with the local authority and its demolition contractor to develop a plan that would have “as little impact as possible on existing residents and the wider environment and community”.
Demolition proposals have now been submitted to the local authority and are awaiting a planning decision.
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