A DEVELOPER whose partially-built housing estate could be cut through by a high speed rail line has vowed to help residents through the trauma.
Strata Homes, whose Shimmer estate in Mexborough has been targeted by the proposed HS2 rail line through Rotherham and the Dearne Valley, has pledged to carry on building.
Residents and the housebuilder were told in July that HS2 wanted to change its proposed rail route from an option going via Meadowhall to one via Aston, Bramley, Mexborough and the Dearne Valley.
The move sparked fierce protests which will carry on during the current consultation period.
Andrew Weaver, chief executive of Strata, said: “Despite the announcement regarding HS2’s preferred, second-phase route, we are still left with a great deal of uncertainty whilst detailed consultations get underway regarding where to site the new Sheffield station, which impacts upon Mexborough and the Shimmer development.
“Residents from Shimmer remain our priority as we continue to liaise with HS2 and the Department for Transport to obtain clarity and answers to our questions.
“We are back on-site following a commitment regarding partially-built properties and our focus remains on establishing a comprehensive plan to complete the development, so that our residents are not left living in an unfinished environment.
“Throughout this frustrating and upsetting period, we will continue to keep residents from Shimmer updated on our progress and on any decisions that are made.”
Transport secretary Chris Grayling has said that compensation will be available to residents of blighted homes.
Mr Grayling said: “I recognise the difficulties faced by communities along the route. They will be treated with fairness, compassion and respect and we intend to introduce further compensation which goes over and above what is required by law.”