Work starts on 148-home Derbyshire scheme

Simon Gardiner, managing director of Peter James Homes (left) with John McCann, chairman and managing director of Peter James Homes' infrastructure partner, McCann Group

A Nottingham property developer has started work on a 148-home development in the grounds of the former Stephensons factory in the Amber Valley district of Derbyshire.

Peter James Homes is now on site at the 22-acre Woodland Heights development in Bullbridge near Crich.

Simon Gardiner, managing director of Peter James Homes, said: “The sheer topography of the site’s pretty hillside setting has certainly presented some technical challenges but it will also enable us to make Woodland Heights something truly special.

“We’ve already begun making better sense of the site with a succession of plateaus and retaining walls – and as the project gathers pace, not only will that help add individuality and interest to the layout but it will also help us make the most of the lovely views across the valley.”

He added: “In addition to a variety of sizes, styles and shapes of house, we’re using a mix of building materials and finishes. We’re using stone for some and brick for others, as well as a combination of render and brick, to help give it an authentic Derbyshire feel.”

The new Woodland Heights homes will be marketed off plan from October 2020 with completion of the first houses due in April 2021.