“Unsafe” conditions have prompted concerns on a new Winnersh housing estate where residents fear the community will be left to clean up mess reportedly left by builders.

Hatchwood Mill resident Graham Clifford claims developers are preparing to leave the community to manage 'dangerous roads and ditches, clogged drainage, and rubble-strewn scrubland'. But developers Persimmon Homes deny this is true.

Persimmon and Bovis Homes—now Vistry— were given permission to build the 433-house estate from Wokingham Borough Council in 2016.

The houses are sold on a “freehold” basis, meaning that once the developers are finished, ownership and maintenance of the land passes to a management company controlled by residents.

But now, with construction over, Mr Clifford has listed a litany of “serious issues” on the estate and is expected to raise the issue at Wokingham Borough Council this Thursday, May 18.

In a question to the council, he says these include: “An unsafe central road through the estate not built to the approved plans.

“An unsafe ditch which we cannot find on any planning application. A flood risk to neighbouring houses due to changes that weren't communicated in advance.

“Unsafe Mown Amenity Grass areas, not cleared of construction rubble making them dangerous to play on. Five streetlights still not connected. SUDS drainage clogged with algae, bullrushes and willow. Thousands of dead and missing trees and plants. A play park that’s still not built.”

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He adds: “Developers are planning to leave site and handover to a management company, leaving residents with the ongoing maintenance responsibility.”

Refuting the claims, a spokesperson for Persimmon Homes Thames Valley said the construction had stuck to approved plans, that it will deliver everything promised, and that it will stay on site until work is 'completely finished'.

The spokesperson said: “Persimmon is committed to providing high quality new homes and attractive communities. As part of this commitment, we will deliver all the facilities and amenities that are in the approved plans at Hatchwood Mill.

“We do not recognise the description of the site presented by this individual and can confirm that all the roads and drainage have been built in accordance with the plans agreed with Wokingham Borough Council.

“We have already carried out some minor works to improve the site and further works and maintenance are also planned. We will remain on site at Winnersh until this is completely finished.”

Mr Clifford is due to put the question to Wokingham Borough’s lead councillor for planning at a full council meeting on Thursday, May 18.

This is currently Liberal Democrat Stephen Conway, although the incoming council leader is set to appoint an executive committee for the coming year at the same meeting.