Nottingham estate where homes cost upwards of £500,000 still unfinished three years on

The Martin's Reach estate in Wollaton
The Martin's Reach estate in Wollaton
By Joe Locker, Local Democracy Reporter

A housing estate in Wollaton where homes cost upwards of £500,000 remains unfinished many years on.

Work on the Martin’s Reach estate, off Russell Drive in Wollaton, began in 2019 and residents began to move in to the new properties around a year later.

Housebuilder Avant Homes was behind the scheme.

However, as of January 2023, some pavements outside completed homes in the development have been left unfinished.

Residents and councillors say pavements and roads are in a potentially dangerous state, and the housebuilder promised to begin work within weeks after concerns were raised as early as February last year.

Cllr Steve Battlemuch (Lab), who represents Wollaton West, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service the housebuilder should not be awarded any new contracts until it finishes the development.

“I still find it incredible that people moved in in 2019,” he said.

“Certainly I think all houses were built, sold or occupied from some time in 2020.

“Here we are in 2023, while all the pavements are left in an appalling condition.

“Avant Homes is one of those companies which is getting a lot of contracts, applying for contracts left, right and centre, but when you examine their infrastructure projects this is very, very poor.

“Residents deserve better.”

Avant Homes now says work is expected to be completed by April 2023.

An Avant Homes spokeswoman added: “Our contractors have conducted a thorough review across the development and will ensure the footpaths are secure for all residents.

“Work is making progress across the development and there is a detailed programme of phased activity being undertaken by our contractors which we expect to be completed in April.”

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