local people are afraid 8 feet of mud piles could mean thieves target their homes as walkers Peek into their windows from the mound of “eyeballs”.
Huge piles of top soil have been dug up next to new construction on Park Place in Corsham, Wiltshire, leaving homeowners in awe.
He dubbed the mound an “eye-burning” and “invasion of his privacy” – while others lambasted it for flooding their gardens.
The mound is now covered with hip-high wild grass, making it even more desirable for mindless walkers.
Joshua Broudrick said: “It’s an invasion of their privacy. People can look into their yards, allowing criminals to target their homes.”
Local resident John Gilham said: “Although we are not close to some residents, it remains the case that we still experience instances of unseen and loss of privacy.
“Unlawful acts are unacceptable and proposed mitigation measures are equally inadequate.”
Locals protested about the mud pile to developers Radcliffe Homes, who claimed it had been abandoned there after an issue with contractors.
Kevin Taylor, president of Corsham’s Park Place Residents Association, said the original plan was “an attempt to lower the level as much as possible and reduce costs to the developer.”
“We don’t think they are [Redcliffe] They removed more than 25 percent of the soil brought to the site,” he explained.
“It will still be a big mound. I would say that both the developer and the mound need to be brought back down to earth.”,
Homeowners on the new property have echoed Mr Taylor’s concerns, complaining that the proposals do not adequately address the blame for his views and flood risk.
Resident Mark Billingham said of the plans: “Radcliffe Homes has attempted to avoid the removal of a large amount of construction waste from the site by illegally dumping it at the application site.
“They further tried to hide it by importing topsoil to cover the waste.”
Mary Jones, whose home is directly bordering the mound, said: “This application is a clear attempt to reduce the cost of proper legal disposal of spoilage from the site.
“The developer has clearly set out to regularize illegal development, at least they can avoid at the cheapest cost.”
Christopher Howlett said: “We live adjacent to this mound of earth and have already experienced flooding in our garden and on the side of our garage.
“The proposal also allows for unacceptable levels of unseen.
“Our final plot means that the earth-walkers look into our garden and into our house, which means we don’t feel we have any privacy.”
Gary Cannon said: “The raised ground level provides a view into neighboring residents’ first-floor rooms that is affecting their privacy.
“I support the idea of a wildlife buffer but it could have been achieved from a basic level.
“It seems that Radcliffe is trying to save costs by dumping his material on this site instead of properly handling it.”
Mr Taylor said some of the proposed mitigation actions, such as planting trees in space, were already expected to be under original plans.
Furious locals are also concerned about power lines running in the area that could be obstructed by trees – as well as the cost of maintaining them.
Making sure they don’t interfere with electricity is an issue that will fall on residents and their wallets, rather than developers.
A spokesperson for Radcliffe Homes said: “We are trying to resolve this matter as quickly and amicably as possible for local residents.
“The mound was put up by a contractor and we are in a legal dispute with them, which we hope can be resolved quickly.
“A planning application has been submitted to remove excess soil from this development.
“We are sorry that this issue is causing concern to the local people.”
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