Housebuilder Vistry has started construction of nearly 1,500 homes as part of a major urban extension to Peterborough.
Great Haddon Wood, Vistry’s part of the wider development, also includes a new primary school, playing fields, local centre and community building.
The first properties, built for private sale by Vistry East Midlands under the company’s Bovis Homes and Linden Homes brands, are due to go on the market early in 2024.
Around 240 of the 1,499 homes at the site off the A15 London Road will be affordable, through rent or shared ownership, said Vistry.
The company has also agreed a partnership with affordable homes provider Sage Homes, to buy more than 50 properties at the Great Haddon Wood site.
Outline planning permission for the wider 5,350-home Great Haddon neighbourhood was granted by Peterborough City Council in 2018.
Vistry acquired the land for its part of the scheme in March 2021 and secured planning consent for the first phase in December last year.
“The start of construction work at Great Haddon Wood marks an incredibly important step in the creation of this major urban extension to Peterborough,” said Fraser Hopes, managing director of Vistry East Midlands. “Our Linden Homes development will be known as Haddon Green and Bovis Homes will operate as Haddon Peake.”
Adding: “Work is now progressing, and we expect to be able to welcome the first residents into their completed homes at Haddon Green and Haddon Peake in the second half of next year.”
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