Work has started on almost 300 homes which are being built on farmland on the edge of Derby.
Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes have moved on to the site at New House Farm, Mickleover, to start building 288 properties, which will make up a development called Four Acres. Access to the site will be via a new traffic island on the A516, which is nearing completion.
Once completed, Four Acres will offer a range of two, three, four and five-bedroom properties. The entire development is expected to be completed by 2020.
The go-ahead for the development of the site was given on appeal last year after South Derbyshire District Council initially rejected the planning application.
The Barratt Homes properties at the development are expected to go on sale from July and the show homes and sales centre are planned to open in October
Properties on the David Wilson Homes side of the development will go on sale in the autumn when its show homes and sales centre are also expected to launch.
The developers have said that, as well as providing new homes, they will also be investing to improve local facilities to the tune of almost £2 million.
The funding forms part of the planning agreement for the development and will be used to support services and improve facilities for both new and existing residents.
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Among the contributions is more than £1.7 million towards education provision for homes in Four Acres, including primary, secondary and post-16 schooling.
Also included is more than £90,000 towards built recreational facilities including the nearby Etwall Leisure Centre and more than £160,000 to outdoor recreational facilities.
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Chris Southgate, managing director at Barratt Homes North Midlands, said: “As a five-star house-builder, we pride ourselves on our commitment to the local community and strive to support it wherever we can. Investing in local communities is an extremely important part of building a new housing development.”
John Reddington, managing director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said: “As Four Acres begins to progress, we will not only be contributing to the area financially but also in terms of the jobs we have created for local people and the quality homes we are building.”
Source: Derby Telegraph