A Birmingham businessman is pulling his #500,000 "dream home" off the property market, claiming plans for a massive waste sorting centre on his doorstep have made it unsaleable.
Last month, two prospective buyers expressed serious interest in the five-bedroom luxury home, in the village of Norton, Worcestershire.But uncertainty over proposals for a waste facility only 150 metres from David Goggin's home have scared both parties away.
"All my plans are in ruins. I have a big mortgage and I am locked in here," the 55-year-old said yesterday. "I had taken #25,000 off the asking price, bringing it down to #475,000, but I've got no option but to take it off altogether now."
The building application to planners at Worcestershire County Council, was made by Mercia Waste Management, which has a #400 million 25-year contract to collect recyclable waste such as plastics, paper, glass and cans.
A decision over the site in Woodbury Lane – which would receive waste from Herefordshire and Worcestershire – was due to be made in December, but was deferred to January 30 when it was postponed again.
The next opportunity for county planners to approve or throw out MWM's application will be on March 20, but it is feared the decision could be made as late as May. Mr Goggin, technical director for a commercial glazing and doors firm, first put the family home up for sale in October 2005 – a decade after it was built.
Tomorrow he will take it off the market on the advice of agent Knight Frank.
"I had two prospective buyers who were seriously interested in the property, one woman particularly loved it. She called it her 'dream home'.
"She wanted to see what the decision would be, but now it's been deferred further she's pulled out."
Mr Goggin planned to downsize as both his sons are at university and he wanted to renovate his 86-year-old mother's Evesham farmhouse. Residents in the neighbouring villages of Littleworth, Stoulton and Whittington, have put up placards protesting against the new 'materials reclamation facility', with a principal concern being increased traffic levels.
Meanwhile, a website established by campaigners claims residential property prices will be seriously hit if the centre is given the green light.
Yesterday, Will Kerton, partner at Knight Frank in Worcester, confirmed the uncertainty surrounding plans for a waste sorting centre was affecting the local property market.
"We had a lady interested in Mr Goggin's property which she wanted to buy and was prepared to wait for the council's decision but the uncertainty over these proposals caused her to pull out.
"Currently this uncertainty is affecting the property market and the prospective buyers coming forwards."
Severn Waste Management – MWM's sister company – submitted a traffic assessment which estimated heavy goods vehicles and staff cars would make 368 journeys in and out of the site a day.
Ian Barber, the firm's marketing director, said: "Planning permission for a 100,000sq ft office and industrial development on this site was granted in 2004. There has been industrial activity in this area since the 1930s."
The protest website is at http://www.j7-waste.com/proposed.htm