Fury as homes project stalls

Fox Hill Crescent Development . local residents outside of the show house at the Fox Hill Crescent Development.

Fox Hill Crescent Development . local residents outside of the show house at the Fox Hill Crescent Development.

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ANGRY residents are demanding answers over a stalled housing development – where just a handful of over 200 houses have been finished in three years.

They called an urgent meeting for this evening over the scheme in Fox Hill which they say is still a ‘mess’ of a building site though work started in 2008. They invited developer Artisan Holdings.

The Government’s Homes and Communities Agency, which has invested £1.8m in the site, said it is ‘concerned’.

Martin Gillet, of Fox Hill Close, said only 20 houses were complete or partially built.

“It’s frustrating and demeaning because it pulls all the houses down around here.

“People are angry. We want to ask what’s to happen.”

Stonework contractor Keith Briggs claims he has pulled six staff off the job after not been paid for five weeks.

He said: “It’s not fair on the residents because it’s been going on for years.”

The Homes and Communities Agency said it had paid on results at the site so far to fund major earthworks and the first 29 homes. Another £840,000 would be paid on further progress.

A statement added: “The agency is concerned the Fox Hill development is not proceeding according to an agreement with the developer.”

The agency said it would work with everyone involved to see the scheme completed.

Plans for homes were approved by Sheffield Council in 2007. An authority spokesman said: “We understand the concerns of local residents, and are as keen as they are to see progress made on site.

“We are aware that progress on completing new homes at Fox Hill has been slower than originally planned.”

“As a council we want to see new homes built at Fox Hill to expand the choice of new homes for residents.”

Despite repeated attempts, Artisan Holdings could not be reached for comment.

The meeting is at 6pm today at the show houses off Fox Hill Crescent.