Work begins on first phase of 574-home scheme

How the scheme will look

A housebuilding consortium comprising Davidsons Homes, William Davis Homes and David Wilson Homes has broken ground on the first phase of 574 homes, open space and infrastructure at the Thorpebury development to the north-east of Leicester.

Developer CEG, the landowner and the consortium exchanged contracts earlier this year to bring forward the homes, including affordable housing, in Charnwood, at a scheme called Thorpebury-in-the-Limes.

A new haul road and temporary bridge have been delivered to facilitate construction with access from Hilltop Road avoiding local villages. Earthworks, infrastructure and utilities will be delivered between now and the end of the year with work starting on housing construction in the new year. The first homes will be ready for occupation in late Summer 2022.

Will Martin, area manager at CEG, explains: “Three high quality housing partners have been selected to deliver the first phase. Along with the high-quality landscaping and open space, this will ensure an exemplary and characterful development.”

John Reddington, managing director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said: “We’re pleased to have this opportunity to deliver high-quality properties to Leicestershire homebuyers and invest in this growing community in Charnwood.

“Exciting plans are in place for the development and we’re looking forward to seeing this community progress.”

Jason Glover, operations director for Davidsons Homes, said: “This is set to be a flagship development in a fantastic location, including plenty of green open space, brand-new facilities and, of course, high-quality housing.”

Guy Higgins, managing director at Loughborough-based William Davis Homes, said: “As regional builders, we’re passionate about creating high-quality homes and thriving communities in Leicestershire. We’re delighted to be involved in this very important development.”

This private sector led development is forecast to create 3,500 construction jobs and 3,200 permanent jobs.