Home builders behind a controversial housing development have launched a new community fund.
Local people waged a lengthy campaign to protect the green field farmland from builders but were unsuccessful with permission eventually being granted for up to 2,000 homes at the location.
The award-winning housebuilder says it is keen to engage with the community and is on the hunt for groups in need of help in the surrounding area.
Jason Newton, sales director for Redrow Homes (NW), said: “It is always a high priority for us at Redrow to support the communities in which we build and we are very much looking forward to engaging with organisations in and around our exciting new Ledsham Garden Village development.
“Over many years we have offered much-needed funding to hundreds of projects across a wide range of types and sizes the length and breadth of the country.
“We are keen to work with community groups, sports clubs and charities and to find new ways to make a difference.
“With this in mind and with building work on our brand new homes well underway, we’d like to invite the local community to suggest projects that they think we might be able to help with and we’ll endeavour to provide assistance where we can.”
The development is said to have been hailed as ‘the area’s first garden village of the 21st century’.
Redrow says the new neighbourhood will be created on 105 hectares of land, most of which was previously agricultural fields. It will eventually become a sustainable community of up to 2,000 homes to meet ‘strong demand’ in the area.
With a show village of five homes due to launch this month, the homebuilder believes the development is set to make a big impression.
Pathways and a distinctive `boulevard’ will run through its heart at one end of which is Sutton Hall.
Residents and the surrounding community will also enjoy a large new park area with many other tree-lined avenues and green spaces.
The housebuilder says the properties will combine traditional architecture with modern and spacious interiors.
Two neighbouring developments will be created initially, one featuring some of the home builder’s smaller three and four bedroom properties and the other showcasing its larger premium style detached homes.
Those wishing to nominate a project for Redrow to consider should email email@example.com with contact details and a summary of the project by June 30.
Campaigners’ representatives have regular meetings with Redrow to try to resolve issues.