A COUPLE who bought a new house in a quiet cul-de-sac are suing after eight neighbouring properties were converted into homes for students.
Paul Christy, 55, and Lynda Tommony, 59, moved into the £235,000 four-bed detached house two years ago.
But they say they have been kept awake with parties until 4.30am.
Sales manager Paul, from Lancaster, said: “It’s been a nightmare. It’s down to pure greed.”
Mum-of-two Lynda said: “We did not purchase our property to live on a student campus.”
They have paid £2,000 to start legal proceedings accusing the developer Persimmon of breaching a covenant.
Persimmon denies the allegation and the couple’s claim that their home has lost value.
Paul said Persimmon offered to buy them out for a lower price than what they’d paid for in 2018 – an offer they declined and branded a “kick in the teeth”.
He added: “They offered us less money than what we paid for the house after admitting they were the guilty party – it’s so insulting.
“It’s like a massive kick in the teeth.
“They then offered to move us into a house surrounded by about 10 times as many students – it was a joke.”
Lancaster City Council ward councillor Gina Dowding said that Persimmon Homes “clearly had a responsibility to ensure that family housing units stay as such”.
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