Friday, 6 October 2006

Persimmon Homes facilitates new Public Footpaths at Coatham Links

Following the recent submission of detailed plans by Persimmon Homes to create a landmark £80m mixed use development at the Coatham Links site in Redcar, minor excavation work is now set to continue to facilitate the creation of public rights of way around and in across the site.

Currently, a comprehensive planning application from Persimmon Homes is being considered by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council for the development of new residential, leisure and entertainment facilities at Coatham Links. The planning application is subject to extensive information including environmental assessments and a full site investigation report.

As part of the extensive consultation which took place prior to the submission of the planning application, residents raised concerns regarding the public rights of way at the proposed development site. Consequently, minor engineering works are being undertaken on site to facilitate the creation of a new network of footpaths on the existing site. The minor excavation work required to create the footpaths on site does not require planning permission.

Further concerns raised by local residents recently have related to the existing ground conditions at the Coatham Links site, therefore Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council have been instrumental in ensuring that correct procedures are followed to guarantee best working practice is undertaken at all times.

In line with these working practices, as from Monday (9th October), Encia Consulting, experienced specialist surveying consultants have been commission by Persimmon Homes to conduct small scale investigations at each point where excavation works will be taking place for testing purposes. Material removed from the site will be tested for any degree of potential ground contamination.

Any work undertaken by contractors at the Coatham Links site will only be allowed once a full risk assessment has been prepared to the satisfaction of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council. The council will then allow contactors on site under license. Any works will be carried out in accordance with an agreed method statement and all health and safety guidelines.

Persimmon Homes Regional Projects Director, Peter Jordan said, “Persimmon Homes takes seriously all aspects of professional working practices across its regional development sites and always ensures that contractors are provided with up to date information on all aspects of the development process.

“We have listened to the concerns of residents and are currently undertaking work that will provide an extensive network of new and improved rights of way across and around the Coatham Links site.

“As a homebuilder with many years of experience in the development of brownfield and greenfield sites, we are skilled in dealing with any issues regarding ground contamination, which is a common factor in regeneration projects up and down the country and the North East in particular with it’s industrialised past. “

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