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Action needed on Bowling Green Close

Residents of Bowling Green Close met with Community campaigner Emily Darlington, Cabinet member for Customer Services Cllr Mick Legg and local Cllr Mohamed Khan for a second Saturday morning in a row to discuss the poor performance of Avant Homes, who developed the Bowling Green Close.

Emily Darlington, and Cllrs Mick Legg and Mohamed Khan with residents from Bowling Green Close.

Avant Homes are being labelled a rogue developer by residents of the development of homes in Central Bletchley. It is likely to face action by Milton Keynes Council (MKC) for poor performance following the intervention of community campaigner Emily Darlington and Cabinet member Cllr Mick Legg. 

To avoid the action by MKC the developer will have to make significant progress in addressing issues raised by residents. They appear to be in breach of the conditions agreed prior to the development. But they have a short time to put matters right after months of inaction.

The council has been presented with overwhelming evidence that Avant Homes has not fulfilled their commitment to the residents of Bowling Green Close. Amongst the complaints by residents were:

  • missing street lights and lights not working
  • piles for rubbish left by the developers
  • broken drains
  • unfinished roads
  • unmarked parking bays.

Emily Darlington said, “ The developers lack of action has led to dark and unsafe conditions, rubbish and a failure to mark out parking bays. Agreed Lampposts are missing. Residents are not being treated fairly and not being listened to over their genuine concerns.”

Local resident Jay Parmar said “After trying for many months to resolve these issues with the developers, we felt we had no recourse but to contact the council and ask for action. We bought our houses on a promise that the developers would upkeep the estate in a habitable and safe condition, instead they have failed to fulfil their obligations. I am grateful to Emily, Mick and Mohammed for listening and taking action. I hope that Avant Homes will finally make our community safe.”

MK Council Cabinet member Mick Legg said “This is the worst example of a developer not fulfilling their obligations I have ever seen in my 18 years on the Council. We have no choice but to intervene because it is a clear breach of conditions. This could see them fined if they then fail to put right the breach of conditions. I have written to the developers today demanding action.”

Cllr Legg added, “What I also find deplorable about this developer is that they refused to provide any affordable housing and used the planning laws to block affordable housing. They only seem interested in making money, not creating inclusive communities.”

Local campaigner and Labour Council candidate for Bletchley East Emily Darlington concluded “Residents have had to put up with no street lights and construction rubbish on their streets for several years. This has the potential of being a wonderful community but the developer needs to finish the job. We will keep campaigning until it is done. Milton Keynes Council must now use its powers to intervene. It should take action against the developer if they continue to fail the residents.”

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