RESIDENTS have blasted the developer of a new estate following a ‘catalogue of disasters’.

The local MP has also piled in to criticise Linden Homes, saying he is ‘appalled’ with the build quality and state in which it left the Cholsey Meadows site near Wallingford.

The 350-home site has been littered with problems since the community began moving in seven years ago, locals say.

They allege that Linden Homes regularly failed to deal with complaints or show up to meetings, has not kept promises about building community facilities, and that it claims not to be responsible for any issues after two years.

There have also been complaints about the former chapel on the site which residents thought was being converted into retail space.

Wantage MP Ed Vaizey said: “I have recently met with residents of Cholsey Meadows and was appalled to hear of the problems they were having with Linden Homes, both with the quality of build and the state they left the site in.

“I have written to Homes England about the future of the chapel and it appears that they are also having similar issues with the developers.”

Listing a host of issues with his house - including mould, plumbing problems and ‘shoddy’ build quality - Mike Lowery, 59,said: “The customer service system is woeful.

“I don’t think you find anybody on the (estate) who will have good things to say about Linden.”

Another resident added: “It’s been a catalogue of disasters. We were sold marketing about a development with shops, a nursery and all of this lovely stuff that hasn’t happened.”

Others were reluctant to be critical because of concerns about selling on.

A spokesperson from Linden Homes said the development was built in accordance with planning permission and the latest building regulations.

They continued: “These facilities (a community hall and cricket ground/ pavilion) have been delivered and are frequently used by the local community. Linden is not responsible for other community buildings, purchased by a third party.

“A two-year warranty is provided on all homes which covers any defects in this time. Following the two-year initial warranty period, the NHBC scheme offers further cover for structural issues.”

Linden is now building the nearby Meadow View estate.