Landlord blasts developer for ‘substandard’ landscaping by Cotswolds Homes

THE owner of a half million pound house has slammed the developers, saying they have left the land opposite overgrown with weeds and nettles.

Nick Jenning bought his property for £500,000 two and a half years ago but says the ‘substandard’ landscaping in front of his house is such an eyesore he wants to move.

Cotswolds Homes, built his home in Trinity Meadows, Chipping Sodbury and Mr Jennings claims he was told the land in front of his house would have an attenuation pond, meadow grasses as well as a wildflower meadow.

He said the company had not completed any of the landscaping items, despite assurances from Cotswold Homes.

He said: “We are absolutely drained of what we have to watch every day.

“I bought the house specifically for the view – we would love to be able to sit in our garden and look over this land – but how can we do that when it is overgrown with four foot high weeds. No only that we have no idea what’s in it – it could be dangerous for us.”

Mr Jennings said he contacted the company several times by email and phone.

He added: ‘They have now said they have given the work to a management company to maintain, but how can anyone maintain work that is not even completed?

Mr Jennings also said the works could not be signed off by the local council, saying a council officer had said there was ‘no way’ the certificate could be authorized, in ‘the state dreadful place he found himself in”.

In an email to Mr Jennings, Cotswold Homes said: ‘I can confirm that Cotswold Homes have been inspected by South Gloucestershire Council for Certificate A and paperwork will follow in due course.’

However, South Gloucestershire Council confirmed that the certificate had not yet been issued.

A local authority spokesman said: ‘No ‘A certificate’ has been issued at this time.

“We are working with the developer to ensure that the landscaping work carried out at Trinity Meadows is completed to the appropriate standard before this can be done.”

Cotswold homes have been contacted but declined to comment.

Terri S. Tomasini