Residents have accused developers of trying to get a four-foot “pile of earth” classified as a “wildlife buffer” so they don’t have to move it.
Contractors left the mound of mother earth next to the newly built Park Place in Corsham, Wiltshire.
Locals say the “mountain” caused flooding in their gardens, affecting their unobstructed views and privacy.
The Wiltshire Council’s planning enforcement team has ruled the hill illegal – with developer Redcliffe Homes saying it was caused by an issue with the contractor.
But now, locals say Redcliffe Homes put in a planning bid to keep the mountain, saying it would “create a buffer for amenities and wildlife”.
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Corsham’s Park Place Residents’ Association chairman Kevin Taylor said the retrospective plan was an “attempt to lower the level as little as possible and minimize the cost to the developer.”
He said, “We don’t think it’s them [Redcliffe] Removing more than 25% of the soil they brought to the construction site.
“It will still be a big hill. I would say that both the developer and the hill need to be brought back to earth. ”
Taylor’s concerns were shared by many local residents who commented on the offer, who said the proposals would not properly address the overlooked issues or risk of flooding.
Resident Christopher Howlett said, “We live next to this mound and have seen floods in our yard and on the edge of our garage.
“The proposal also allows for an unacceptable level of oversight.
“Our final lot means the people walking over the earthworks are looking in our yard and across to our house, which means we have no privacy.”
Taylor said some of the proposed mitigation work, such as planting trees, should be done according to the original plans.
There is also concern that power lines run across this part of the property, the cost of maintaining the trees and making sure they do not disrupt the power lines come out of the residents’ pockets.
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A spokesman for Redcliffe Homes said: “We are trying to resolve this matter as quickly and amicably as possible for local residents.
“The hill was built by a contractor and we are in a legal dispute with him that hopefully can be resolved quickly.
“A building application has been submitted to remove the excess soil from this development.
“We regret that this problem is causing concern for the local people.”