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Residents in million-pound houses in a development built by Kevin McCloud's troubled housing firm have complained that two years after it was due to be finished the site is still covered in scaffolding, with unfinished pavements and no street lighting.

HAB Housing, founded by McCloud, promised eco-friendly developments in Winchester and Oxford would be finished by 2017.

But yesterday the Winchester location still has a building site with temporary toilets where the development promised a wildflower meadow and children's play area. 

One woman complained she was informed just last week her bathroom floor would have to be ripped up and leaky pipes relaid. 

Another said the plumbing was so bad her toilet backed up and overflowed on Christmas Day.

Residents in HAB's Kings Worthy development on the outskirts of Winchester said scaffolding still covered houses as the builders ripped off wooden cladding

Residents in HAB's Kings Worthy development on the outskirts of Winchester said scaffolding still covered houses as the builders ripped off wooden cladding 

The plans promised a children's play area and wildflower meadow would complete the rural development: but two years on it is still a building site

The plans promised a children's play area and wildflower meadow would complete the rural development: but two years on it is still a building site

The eco-friendly row of houses end abruptly with piles of rubble and workmen's toilets

The eco-friendly row of houses end abruptly with piles of rubble and workmen's toilets

Meanwhile last week troubled sister firm HAB Land Ltd - which this summer warned its hundreds of small investors their money might be worth as little as three pence in the pound - had an attempted financial restructuring rejected by angry bondholders.

HAB Land asked its 2017 cohort of five-year investors for permission to hang on to their money until 2024 and pay zero interest - rather than the eight per cent they promised.

But Investors said no, and now the company - which has already massively written down the value of its investments - looks to be in very significant trouble.

Yesterday a resident in one of the most exclusive properties in the Winchester development, who preferred not to be named, said: 'It’s like Fawlty Towers, it’s comical how terrible they are.

'If I didn’t like the house, I think I’d be six feet under with the stress.

One resident said she looked out over scaffolding on both sides and had been told the builders needed to relay the pipes in her bathroom because they were put down incorrectly

One resident said she looked out over scaffolding on both sides and had been told the builders needed to relay the pipes in her bathroom because they were put down incorrectly

Pavements are unfinished

Plant beds are unfinished and lay barren

Underfoot brickwork and paving slabs are unfinished, planting beds lie empty and there are no street lights on the development

The modern eco-friendly homes nestle between industrial fencing and unfinished roads

The modern eco-friendly homes nestle between industrial fencing and unfinished roads

'I’m a million-pound customer, but they’ve cancelled meetings with me at the last minute. It was supposed to be finished in 2017 but it’s still not finished. 

'There are still cracks that aren’t filled, there are leaks in the kitchen. I haven’t got a building certificate.

'My daughter was in the garden and a roof tile fell down and missed her head by inches, a roof guy came and said he could see four or five that hadn’t been secured properly.  

'The smells can be really bad - it often smells of sewage but last Christmas Day the toilet backed up and overflowed. It was disgusting.

'When we have bad weather we all huddle in the house and joke we don’t know whether the house is going to crumble around us.'

The 'HAB Housing' sign is visible from the road to passers-by but residents say the company has been difficult to get hold of

The 'HAB Housing' sign is visible from the road to passers-by but residents say the company has been difficult to get hold of

Kevin McCloud with the Mayor of Winchester, 2017, opening the development in Kings Worthy

Kevin McCloud with the Mayor of Winchester, 2017, opening the development in Kings Worthy

Two years later residents on the site say they have been beset by problems which are still unresolved

'They keep saying they haven't got any money': How HAB Land Ltd's financial woes keep getting deeper

When HAB Land Ltd wanted to raise capital in 2017 it issued a 'mini bond' to small investors, who put in anything from a few thousand pounds to £200,000.

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