Families move into a new housing estate in March - 18 months after it should have been ready

Moving into their new Gaul Road Sanctury home, Sian Bond, six year old Lily and one year old Thomas,

Moving into their new Gaul Road Sanctury home, Sian Bond, six year old Lily and one year old Thomas, with help from her mum Tina Thompson. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Families are celebrating as they move into a housing estate in March that should have been ready 18 months ago.

Sanctuary housing, Gaul Road, March. Picture: Steve Williams.

Sanctuary housing, Gaul Road, March. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

The first of four phased moves are under way at the Gaul Road estate with everybody expected to be in by the end of the month.

Tina Thompson, who led a residents campaign to get the homes finished as quickly as possible, said: “At last people can get their lives back on track.

“It is a massive relief but has felt like a long time coming. I want to say a massive thank you to all the workers on site.

“At times it has been really painful for people as they bedded down at relatives homes, shared with family, took on other rental properties but at last we’re there.”


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Developers were plagued with problems from the offset with issues including sorting out contractors, legal agreement issues, drainage plan approvals, a tipper lorry crashing into a property and then white goods stolen from a container on site just weeks before tenants were supposed to move in.

A total of 39 of the original 52 families are moving while homes for 14 families, who dropped out where they could no longer wait for the homes to become available, have been filled.

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Families, who have been waiting since January 2014, will move in over the next four weekends.

During the build, in an unprecedented move, Sanctuary Housing took direct control over the project’s sub-contractors Langwith to instil a sense of “urgency” into the project.

A resident-led campaign led to Sanctuary holding meetings and publishing a newsletter to let people know of building updates.

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