At last …
After multiple requests from the Express & Echo, Radio Devon, BBC Spotlight, The One Show and ITV Westcountry, the following statement was issued by Wainhomes yesterday:
The installation of the final part of the attenuation system has been delayed due to the need for a redesign which has now been approved by South West Water and will be installed as soon as possible.
However, concerned residents should note that a large part of the attenuation system has been installed and the pipes and tanks are in place to deal with the scale of the current development. It is the final tanks at the end of the run that have been redesigned and are not yet installed.
All evidence from site during the last few weeks of heavy rain demonstrates that this is working efficiently.
With the possibility of further heavy rain, additional temporary measures have been agreed and these are currently being installed on site.
Residents can be assured that the redesigned tanks will be installed as soon as possible.
As I understand it, the ‘large part’ of the attenuation system referred to above relates to the small private attenuation tanks which are the responsibility of the new house buyers and which will have been checked by Building Control (NHBC) as to whether these have been installed correctly.
However, the Wainhomes’ statement is interesting in that it raises more questions than answers.
• It doesn’t answer the most crucial question of why Wainhomes failed to comply with Condition 6 in the first place.
• It is not within Wainhomes’ power to pick and choose which Conditions suit their agenda.
• Why was the revised scheme only submitted yesterday (15 October), when houses were being occupied in July?
• Which authority requested the redesign?
• Why was a redesign required when the scheme had already been approved by all the relevant authorities?
• By Wainhomes’ own admission, only part of the scheme required under Condition 6 has been installed. How many houses therefore was the developer proposing to sell before it considered that maybe it was time to install the most vital part of the system?
• What does Wainhomes understand by ‘as soon as possible’ in their statement above? The Breach of Condition Notice still stands and Wainhomes is currently charged with installing the two largest attenuation tanks and the system of swales outlined in the approved scheme by the end of November.
Only then will residents be ‘assured’.