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Residents blast at builders' intrusion
Householders are seeking legal advice claiming a massive redevelopment will force them out of their homes for two years.
Work started on creating more than 350 student flats at the former Co-op building in London Road, Brighton, earlier this month.
But those in London Terrace, at the back of the 1930 building, claim their homes have been left uninhabitable after they were included as part of the building site.
With lorries constantly using the road, workmen able to peer in the windows and claims that properties are shaking from the work, residents have now demanded Brighton and Hove City Council take immediate action to solve the issues.
One homeowner, who has lived in the street for more than 25 years but did not want to be named, said: “The demolition and construction will take two years and during this time we are expected to live inside a building site.
“The levels of noise and disruption are already unbearable. Once the crusher starts it will be impossible to be in the house.
“I have always been a law- abiding and peaceful person but I now understand first hand why protestors chain themselves to buildings to stop a development.”
The plans from Watkins Jones for the former department store, which has been vacant since 2007, were approved by the council’s planning committee in December.
Flats for students at the University of Sussex will be created above shops while the original 1930s facade will be kept.
Until complaints were made, residents said workmen were living on site and working seven days a week.
They added this was contrary to the planning agreement when the development was approved.
A council spokesman said it sympathised and was trying to help.
He said: “Officers have had a number of site visits and meetings with the developers
and the noise diary one of the residents has kept has been helpful in pinpointing specific concerns.
“The developers have now indicated that they will sign up to an enforceable agree- ment specifying working hours and best practical means of controlling noise and dust.
“They have agreed to look at ways of managing the flow of construction traffic in and out of the site to reduce noise and nuisance.
“They have also agreed to install hoardings more than two metres high in front of the site workers’ cabins to help address concerns about intrusiveness.
“We believe these measures will help address the quite reasonable concerns local residents have expressed.”
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