A sod-cutting ceremony has taken place to officially mark the start of work on a new 145-home development in Meppershall.
Davidsons Homes put a spade into the ground to mark the beginning of construction work at Woodlands Rest, which will feature a mix of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes on land west of Shefford Road, at the northern edge of the village.
The housebuilder is to deliver 94 homes for private sale and 51 properties as affordable housing for rent or shared ownership.
Simon Tyler, Sales Director for Davidson Homes South Midlands, said:
“We as a company pride ourselves on becoming an integral part of the community by making sure our developments are a positive addition to the local area.
“This ceremony is our way of celebrating the fact that we are embarking on a project which will see us help create a brand-new community in Meppershall.
“It also allows us to say thank you to all the members of our team who helped buy the land and secure planning permission, which has put us in a position to start work on the site.
“Meppershall is already a vibrant community with a pub, restaurant, shop and primary school, and we are confident that the chance to live just a short walk away from this rural idyll will appeal to many people.
“We are building a wide range of houses to cater for the needs of a mix of buyers at Woodlands Rest, the first of which are now available to reserve.
“As work gets under way and the site develops, we are hoping we will be able to welcome the first residents into their new homes later this year.”
As part of the planning agreement for Woodlands Rest, Davidsons Homes will be contributing more than £1.8 million to sustain and improve local services and infrastructure, as well as creating public open space and a play area within the development.
More than £1.7 million of the funding will go towards education, including £614,218 for upper schools, £500,857 towards middle schools, £497,750 for lower schools and a further £149,325 towards early years learning.
Davidsons Homes will also provide £85,000 for play equipment and a further £7,920 towards waste collection.
There are currently three, four and five-bedroom homes available to reserve at Woodlands Rest, with prices starting at £364,995.
For more information about the homes on offer, please visit davidsonshomes.co.uk.