A CAMPAIGN to see a proposed housing development completed on a neglected building site has tasted success.

People living near to the former Volvo dealership site and land to the rear of 4 Whittington Road, Worcester, joined forces with the chairman of the Worcester Green Party, Louis Stephen, to call for the landowners to finish the work.

Mr Stephen presented a petition of 20 names to West Register (Realisations) Limited, a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, via the RBS bank in St Nicholas Street, Worcester, to make their feelings known.

A spokesman for the group confirmed work had started work on the site - opposite the Oak Apple pub - and was due for completion by the middle of next year.

"We have obtained planning permission for 5 new dwellings and a conversion of an existing Grade II Listed building on the site. We plan to start work in the next few months and aim to have building work completed by mid-2015."

Foundations for one of the plots had been laid before the November 2013 deadline set by Worcester City Council for development to begin.

Mr Stephen, who had concerns the initial work was carried out to prevent the planning application from lapsing, said: "It's fantastic news, I'm really pleased by it and really pleased they've given us some feedback of what their plans are."

The petition called for the landowner to build houses, actively market the site or make good the site by possibly grassing it over.