£40m homes plan gets underway

PUBLISHED: 10:43 23 November 2006 | UPDATED: 11:14 06 May 2010

An artist’s impression of how part of the new development will look

An artist's impression of how part of the new development will look

THE first step towards a £40 million development of over 2,000 homes in Biggleswade has moved a step nearer. Last week the legal agreement was signed by the developers, Taylor Woodrow and Martin Grant Homes, and Mid Beds District Council for the first and

THE first step towards a £40 million development of over 2,000 homes in Biggleswade has moved a step nearer.

Last week the legal agreement was signed by the developers, Taylor Woodrow and Martin Grant Homes, and Mid Beds District Council for the first and largest phase of the development for 1,450 homes at King's Reach.

Outline planning permission was agreed for the first phase of the development by the council in May 2004.

This agreement secures facilities and funding assistance not only for the new development but also for Biggleswade with the council making sure the development benefits the entire town.

The package of benefits will include a new eastern relief road which will be built before completion of the 350th home, a new lower school, improvements to the A1 Biggleswade south junction and a new neighbourhood centre comprising a community centre, with sports hall, shops, family restaurant and nursery.

Significant financial contributions have also been made towards middle and upper schools, new healthcare facilities, a local footway and cycleway network, a new bus service and other improvements in the town centre.

In the first phase of the development there will be over 400 homes built for affordable housing, including social rented, shared ownership and discounted sales of 25 per cent of market value, to help first time buyers and low income families.

Andrew Goodchild, major projects team leader at the council, said: "This is a major step forward and follows more than three years of hard work since the application was first submitted.

"Mid Beds District Council will be adopting a masterplan and design code for this development, as we did very successfully at the award winning Fairfield Park development in Stotfold.

"This code will guide the new development at Biggleswade and ensure a high quality environment that takes account of good design principles, responding to the local context, the constraints and opportunities of the site and its locality. The carefully designed layout will also reduce opportunities for crime and anti-social behaviour. The masterplan and design code will be the subject of public consulation."

Ivor Beamon, from home-buildersTaylor Woodrow, said: "Signing marks an important phase in the life of the King's Reach development. It is extremely important to us that this new housing scheme becomes an integral part of the existing Biggleswade community and makes a positive contribution to its future.

"We have worked in close partnership with Mid Beds District Council to allocate contributions where they are most needed and will be of greatest benefit to both existing and new residents.

"We are committed to maintaining a positive involvement with the town over the life of the development and, together with Mid Beds District Council, putting long term management plans in place to ensure the longevity of new facilities and initiatives.

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