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Residents’ fears over cladding falling off new build homes in Chipping Sodbury

Cladding has started falling off some of the new builds on a housing estate in Chipping Sodbury. Credit: ITV News West Country

Residents living on a new build housing estate in South Gloucestershire fear it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt by loose cladding.

Houses on the Barnhill development in Chipping Sodbury were completed in 2016.

There are more than 100 homes on the estate, with at least 40 covered in heavy cement plank cladding.

However, some of this cladding has loosened - and has now started falling off.

The cladding is made of concrete and weighs two kilograms per metre. Credit: ITV News West Country

Resident Rob Williams, who moved into his four-bedroom house on the estate two years ago, believes the cladding - which weighs two kilograms per metre - could cause serious injury if it falls on someone below.

Resident Rob Williams with ITV News West Country reporter Katie Rowlett. Credit: ITV News West Country

A number of the planks are loose and you can see a lot of them are sort of sticking out almost like they’re not fixed properly - which I don’t think they are.

My concern is if they were to fall off and if they were to hit somebody, they would cause or could cause serious injury.

– Rob Williams

Housing developer Bloor said they were aware of the loose cladding and were in contact with affected residents.

We have been made aware of concerns regarding a limited number of homes at the Barnhill development in Chipping Sodbury and are currently in communication with the residents who have reported their concerns.

Bloor Homes is committed to resolving these issues and we are currently working with our contractors to ensure that necessary repairs are completed.

– Bloor