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First Newburn residents return almost two years after ground collapse

Developer Dunelm Homes has said that the first home owners affected by a culvert collapse that led to a major ground failure at Newburn in 2012 have returned to their properties today.

Heavy rain in June 2012 overflowed through the properties in Spencer Court after a culvert on Northumberland Estates land collapse and became blocked.

“It has been two years almost to the day since the original evacuation of Spencer Court.  Fourteen of the original 32 owners have since lost their homes completely but the remaining residents are on the brink of recovering their properties,” said Spencers Court Residents’ Association spokesperson Ian Best.

Best thanked Dunelm for its support over the last two years. “We now all face the daunting prospect of a long legal battle to recover our financial losses from Northumberland Estates - or whoever is ultimately found to be legally responsible,” he added.

Dunelm, which is the freeholder of the site, has said that it has spent in the region of £2M on demolition of some structures on the site and cement grouting of the less-affected properties after Northumberland Estates failed to act. Northumberland Estates initially had control of Spencer Court under a Formal Licence Agreement in order to remediate the damage but told Dunelm that it was leaving the site on 30 September 2012.

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