New Shepley Street developers will consult with neighbours and council over Japanese knotweed

One of the most consequential outbreaks of Japanese knotweed in Glossop is on land between Shepley Street and Hope Street in Old Glossop, where Seddon Homes were granted permission to build up to 44 houses last year. Their attempts to begin construction were thwarted when eagle eyed neighbours saw vehicles being driven through the knotweed and alerted the police. Since then there has been no activity on the site, but in the last two weeks it has been acquired by Wiggett Construction Ltd.

We wrote to the new developers asking what action they would take to prevent the knotweed from spreading and make the site suitable for development. Managing Director Phil Wiggett replied: "Just to confirm that within the last 7-10 days we have acquired this site. You will appreciate that the knotweed as been there for some years & it as not just appeared overnight.
You will be aware that knotweed is a issue on many sites in the UK & we have successfully  dealt with it many times in the past. In the planning submission details were given of the knotweed & the possible treatment required, the planning application was not done by us so we will review options for treatment very shortly.
As a company policy generally we do not talk to the press as in the past we have mis-quoted or the facts published were incorrect etc. We will consult with the Council & householders effected direct.

The positive response will be welcomed by many people in Old Glossop who are concerned about the proliferation of Japanese knotweed in the area. Following United Utilities' statement last week about action they intend to take over knotweed at Swineshaw Reservior, progress fighting the plant is beginning to look encouraging.

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