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Couple suing Persimmon after eight neighbouring properties converted into student homes in quiet cul-de-sac

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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