The long running saga over outstanding money owed by Persimmon Homes may finally becoming to an end after Rachel intervened.

Last Friday (October 25th), Rachel brought together Councillor Matt Dormer, Leader of Redditch Borough Council, and the Managing Director of Persimmon Homes North Midlands, Liam Scott, in the hope of finding a speedy resolution to this ongoing saga.

Back in January, Rachel began working with Batchley & Brockhill Councillors, Gemma Monaco and Nyear Nazir, on this issue after it was discovered not all the assets, including open spaces, street lights and land, have been handed over to the local council by the developer. This is despite these developments being completed some 10 to 20 years ago.

As a result of Persimmon Homes retaining these assets, it means Redditch Borough Council is unable to maintain the land and the open spaces which is leading to frustration among residents, as well as their local councillors.

The situation is doubly frustrating for the council as it is waiting for the release of up to £500,000 in Section 106 money which is cash paid by a developer to mitigate the impact of new homes on the local community. The Section 106 money cannot be paid until all assets are handed over to the local council.

However, following the meeting last Friday, agreement was reached on a plan for the Section 106 owed to Redditch Borough Council to finally be paid. And, by working with the council, immediate action will be taken by Persimmon to maintain open spaces, street lights and land until the assets have all been handed over to the council.

Speaking after the meeting, Rachel said:

“This is a win for the residents of Redditch. Finally there is light at the end of the tunnel and these long-standing issues can be put to bed.

“I have to give credit to Persimmon for putting their hands up and admitting they got it wrong. They also apologised in the meeting for the handling of this situation and are just as keen as I and the council are to see these issues resolved.

“I must also pay tribute to the work of the Brockhill Residents Association, as well as Councillors Matt Dormer, Gemma Monaco and Nyear Nazir for all that they have done on this issue. They have worked hard to address the concerns of residents in Batchley & Brockhill and in other parts of town affected by these issues with Persimmon.”

Councillor Gemma Monaco said: “I am delighted with the outcome of this meeting. However, we cannot remain complacent – we need to keep the pressure on Persimmon to quickly get all remedial and maintenance work completed as a matter of urgency. It’s a shame it has taken so long for Persimmon to acknowledge their delays with this issue and they now need to be true to their word and deliver what they have promised. We also need to put in measures to ensure that this never happens again.”