Neighbours query whether home being built in March is up to scratch - inspectors on their way, eventually, to check

Acacia Grove building, March.Picture: Steve Williams.

Acacia Grove building, March.Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

A councillor has called for Fenland Council’s building control inspectors to check a house under construction that residents fear is unsafe.

Acacia Grove building, March.Picture: Steve Williams.

Acacia Grove building, March.Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Neighbours of the house now being built in Acacia Grove, March, believe the works fail to meet current building regulations.

One neighbour said: “I live opposite this on going nightmare. I’m a brickwork contractor and it sickens me to see this happening.”

Councillor Jan French said she has twice asked for Fenland building inspectors to check the house but up until this morning it had not been visited.

“I have chased it again,” she told a Facebook forum that is debating the house.

Acacia Grove building, March.Picture: Steve Williams.

Acacia Grove building, March.Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant


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One visitor has been a March resident who said that “after all the fuss” he went to see the house.

“I can confirm that the photos do not do this build justice for aesthetically it is far worse,” he said.

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“I think who ever built it must have just got off a ship as the courses are so up and down they must still be see sick . They are using batten for the corners and this is about as straight as a piece of wood used in the ark and as such the bricks don’t go up vertically.

“If health and safety happen to go past they will shut them down as it is a laugh just watching them work.”

Builders working on the house declined an offer to speak to our reporter.

The two bedroom house was given permission in 2013 but the site later told.

A report to planners noted the site “has the potential to be a building plot but with obvious constraints, namely the narrowness of the site and the neighbouring flat windows.”

“We feel the proposed dwelling will enhance this former garden, now derelict site not impact on any other properties or the wider landscape,” said a report submitted by the then owners to Fenland planners.

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