Developers ridiculed after building house behind road sign, making it impossible to access

Emily Cleary
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The entrance to one of the homes in Shirehampton, Bristol, has been built behind the existing Station Road street sign, which is now completely blocking the gate (swns)
The entrance to one of the homes in Shirehampton, Bristol, has been built behind the existing Station Road street sign, which is now completely blocking the gate. (SWNS)

A housing developer has been ridiculed online after building a row of houses behind a road sign – completely blocking access to one property.

Locals in Shirehampton, Bristol, took to social media in bewilderment after spotting the blunder outside the newly-constructed townhouses, labelling those responsible as 'brain dead'.

Getting into the front garden would involve a person squeezing past the street sign or lifting their leg very high to try and step over it.

One Reddit user said: "It would have been zero effort to build the gate on the right hand side. It is already paved.

"No doubt a product of the off-the-shelf house design that is the norm with new builds."

Another said: "Not even actual grass? That's just depressing.

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The entrance to one of the homes in Shirehampton, Bristol, has been built behind the existing Station Road street sign, which is now completely blocking the gate (swns)
Developers Ocean have not returned Yahoo News UK's calls. (SWNS)

"As I understand it, these new builds are pretty much the only houses first-time buyers will get any sort of government assistance on, mortgage-wise. It'd be fine if they were all excellent quality, but my impression is they're being built very much on the cheap."

A third posted: "A bit of a pain when they are having a new washing machine delivered.

The entrance to one of the homes in Shirehampton, Bristol, has been built behind the existing Station Road street sign, which is now completely blocking the gate (swns)
Accessing the property will be impossible for larger people or those who cannot lift their legs very high to step over the sign. (SWNS)

"It's amazing the developers didn't apply to have the sign moved. As a buyer it would make me wonder what else they botched."

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The entrance to one of the homes in Shirehampton, Bristol, has been built behind the existing Station Road street sign, which is now completely blocking the gate (swns)
Locals have ridiculed the blunder on social media. (SWNS)

One user simply said: "Brain dead."

Another named James commented on Facebook: "That’s modern builders. Put it where your [sic] told.

"When the building I work in was refurbed the builders stuck on all the toilet roll holders exactly where they were marked on the wall. Which was right above a handrail so no getting any toilet roll."

A Rightmove advert for the new three-bedroom homes suggests that the frontage has been finished for some months, as they were marketed in September with a similar street image.

It also shows the road sign in the same place, albeit from a distance, clearly blocking the gate. Yahoo News UK contacted the developer – Ocean – and Bristol City Council to ask if the sign would be moved, but had not received a reply at the time of publishing.

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