THE chief executive of Persimmon Homes has vowed to personally investigate ongoing issues on its developments in Batchley and Brockhill following action taken by Redditch MP Rachel Maclean.
Last October the Redditch Standard highlighted how Persimmon Homes, the developer behind the Brockhill estate, had for 20 years failed to hand over more than half a million pounds in what is known as Section 106 money, cash paid by a developer to mitigate the impact of new homes on a local community.
Persimmon still hadn’t handed over all the assets, including open spaces, street lights and land, along with the money, meaning the local environment was outside local authority control and falling into disrepair.
The Section 106 money cannot be payed until all assets are handed over to the local council.
Councillors Brandon Clayton, portfolio holder for the enviornment, and Gemma Monaco together with local candidate Nyear Nazir asked Mrs Maclean for help.
She wrote to the interim chief executive of Persimmon Homes, David Jenkinson, who has vowed to investigate the issue.
“I want to commend Brandon, Gemma and Nyear on their initiative to get something done about the ongoing issues in Batchley and Brockhill,” said Mrs Maclean.
“From my conversations on the doorstop, I know this is something residents are concerned and frustrated about.
Coun Monaco said: “I have been very frustrated by Persimmons’ long-term delays with the release of the Section 106 monies – money that could have been put to much better use for our local area.
“With this assurance from the interim chief executive of Persimmon Homes, I am hopeful that we can finally get this issue resolved.
“Hearing the frustrations of many local residents has been difficult to hear when the whole situation could have been avoided had Persimmon carried out what they should have done many years ago.
“I would also like to thank Brockhill Residents Association for their continued input to our area and patience over this matter.”