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ASSURANCES have been given that a residential road will be widened before any redevelopment work at a site in Tipner goes ahead.

The Tipner Regeneration Company (TRC) says it can’t start building 518 homes until it makes changes to Twyford Avenue so traffic won’t be affected.

It was one of the conditions imposed by councillors when they gave planning permission two years ago.

But residents have been concerned because nothing has happened since then and were worried the company wouldn’t keep to its word.

Bosses say the plans haven’t come to fruition yet because pockets of land need decontaminating.

They’re waiting upon the results of a report which says how the nearby former PD Fuels site was cleaned up on behalf of site owner Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

If TRC likes the methods used then it will adopt them and finally do the work at Twyford Avenue so delivery lorries can get there.

John Cass, chairman of Stamshaw and Tipner neighbourhood forum, wished people had been told sooner and said it was frustrating that an update hadn’t been given before now.

He said that if nothing is done soon then HCA will begin building new homes at its site, which could interrupt what TRC wants to do.

‘We could be waiting another year or another two years,’ Mr Cass said.

‘HCA is pushing ahead with its development.

‘It’s frustrating we’ve not known anything before now.

‘No-one has come to any of our meetings as of late.’

Changes will be made to the road running up the side of the Mountbatten Centre to the roundabout opposite the former Avenue Hotel.

It also hopes to take advantage of M275’s new junction once its built so residents won’t have problems.

It hasn’t ruled out bringing some material in by sea.

The homes are due to be built at the former Greyhound Stadium and on wasteland at the eastern side of the motorway.

Stephen New, a director of TRC, said: ‘Widening Twyford Avenue is still part of our planning application – that is 100 per cent.

‘No-one can do works on our site until the work commences. There is no financial issue.

‘I will have to look at this report and meet our consultants and go from there.’