Planning Minister and Grantham MP Nick Boles visited the town’s new Poplar Farm housing development on Friday.
Mr Boles was met by SKDC Chief Executive Beverley Agass, its Cabinet portfolio holder for Grow the Economy Coun Frances Cartwright, and the regional directors of current site developers, John Reddington of David Wilson Homes and Gary Mills of Bellway.
Mr Boles toured show homes on adjacent sites. On the David Wilson Homes’ Barrowby Edge development, John Reddington updated him on a healthy sales profile which saw 12 homes sold in just four weeks. Around 200 new houses are currently being built with a mix of two, three and four bed homes, including affordable homes and some available on shared ownership. Many buyers are from Grantham area with the furthest buyer so far from Wiltshire.
The finished development will boast green credentials, with energy efficient buildings, low carbon energy sources, allotments, sports facilities, a wetland area on the northern boundary and a ‘Central Park’ area of green space running through the centre.
Bellway is building 105 homes at its Aspire site development and reports an overwhelming response from prospective buyers, even before the site officially opens to the public on Friday October 18.
Coun Cartwright said: “These first homes at Poplar Farm are symbolic of the council’s aims to grow the local economy and provide good housing for all. We have mapped out an ambitious growth programme for Grantham, including large scale housing and commercial development, so to hear good news from developers in Grantham is exciting.”
Mr Boles, who is attending a conference for young planners earlier that day, said: “I have been really encouraged by the forward thinking of SKDC’s plans for Grantham’s growth and it will be great to see things progressing positively. Building new houses and office space are the crucial elements of helping the town’s economy recover, and that includes the revival of the town centre.”
Mr Reddington, Managing Director of David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said: “We’re very proud of the design and quality of the homes we are building at Barrowby Edge. They are already proving very popular, with demand underpinned by the Help to Buy scheme. We shall continue to work with the local authority and partners to build the homes required to support the future growth and success of Grantham.”
Bellway Homes’ Gary Mills said: “We have been astounded by the level of interest. Aspire will officially launch next week but we have already taken 150 enquiries. The sales office team are busy welcoming prospective buyers and the show home will be open to the public from next Friday, 18 October. The majority of interest shown so far is from local people keen to explore how they could buy a first or larger home using the government’s Help to Buy scheme. We are delighted to be part of such a significant development for Grantham and look forward to welcoming Mr Boles to Aspire.”