Home owner claims firm keeps trying to deliver to his property because it has same name as nearby development
A man whose home bears the same name as a nearby development has complained after a series of attempted deliveries to his address, including 10,000 bricks, 20 tonnes of sand, a skip and two portable toilets.
Michael Whiteley, 44, lives in a house called Woodlands in Norwich, while Bury St Edmunds-based Bennett Homes is building a 62-home development called Woodlands in the same road.
Mr Whiteley said he was not prepared to change the name of his house as it pre-dated the new development, but said there was no law to stop the developer using the same name.
He said he had refused an offer for the developer to erect a sign outside his property to direct traffic to the construction site as he felt it would be unsightly and was pressing for the firm to fund gates to prevent unwanted deliveries to his driveway.
The database administrator said he had been at home to turn away the rogue deliveries on all but one occasion, when he arrived home to find a vehicle on his drive preparing to drop off a portable toilet.
He added: “It’s ended up being a bun fight. They’re stuck in the mud about it and we’re not going to change our name. “We’re the innocent party in all of this and we’re caught in the cross fire.”
He also accused the East Anglian family firm of losing all “common sense” and insisted he would ended up in a “stand-off”with them.
We regret that Mr Whiteley remains concerned but we believe his fears are unfounded
Edward Parker, managing director of Bennett Homes
“Bennett Homes have responded to my emails but the responses are, ‘we are sorry and we will try not to let it happen again’,” he explained.
“It is a perpetual cycle… You are on tenterhooks every time you hear a delivery. You think it is a delivery lorry on your driveway.”
Edward Parker, managing director of Bennett Homes, said: “We regret that Mr Whiteley remains concerned but we believe his fears are unfounded.”
He said vehicles may have stopped outside Mr Whiteley’s property but would have been looking for a building site and not a private house.
Bennett Homes had “gone to great lengths” to stop delivery lorries pulling up outside his property, changing delivery address details with suppliers to ensure clarity and offering to provide and pay for a directional sign, added Mr Parker.