Residents wait to hear about action on homes

Roger and Pam Balls are in dispute with Babergh District Council about a housing development at the back of their house. ANL-150508-065654009
Roger and Pam Balls are in dispute with Babergh District Council about a housing development at the back of their house. ANL-150508-065654009

Villagers are waiting to hear if their complaints about the height of new homes built behind their gardens in Boxford will be acted upon by the council.

Roger and Pam Balls, and David and Carolyn Parish, who live next door to one another in Daking Avenue, have complained to Babergh District Council about the roof level of a new home under construction on the new Goodlands estate.

They claim that it is too high and is overshadowing their garden. They have also objected to false chimneys being put on the homes.

Boxford district councillor Bryn Hurren said he was waiting to hear from the council’s enforcement officers, and has given them a deadline of Monday to come back to him.

He said he hoped to be able to report the outcome of the council’s deliberations to the Boxford Parish Council meeting on Monday night.

“The council’s enforcement team has yet to make a decision on this matter,” he said. “It still hasn’t been resolved and I am still chasing council officers to give me a decision. It’s possible that the site was not levelled out before the building work was begun.”

Council officials made two visits to the building site at the rear of Daking Avenue to check measurements.

Residents had been send a letter from a council enforcement officer saying the height from the ridge of the new home to ground level had “been constructed in accordance with the approved plans” and no enforcement action was being taken.

But Mr Hurren said the council had not come to a conclusion about the matter and residents’ complaints were still being considered.

“I have asked them to come back to me by Monday and I hope to report the decision to parish councillors.”