English Partnerships and Bournville Village Trust pick Persimmon to build first 40 homes at Lightmoor village.

Persimmon Homes has been appointed the preferred developer to build the first 40 homes in Lightmoor Village, the mixed-use sustainable community planned for south west Telford.

English Partnerships and Bournville Village Trust selected Persimmon for the scheme, which will be based on Bournville Village, the famous quaker village created by George Cadbury, the founder of Bournville Village Trust.

The value of the first phase is £8 million. A quarter of the 40 homes will be managed by Bournville Village Trust while the rest will be sold on the open market.

Work is expected to start on site by the end of the year with construction expected to take two years to complete. The development will eventually include up to 800 homes in total and a mixed-use village centre which will include local retail facilities, a primary school and lifelong learning centre.

All the homes will have to attain the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Lifetime Homes standard and the BRE Eco-Homes standard of Excellence Establishment’s (BRE) Eco-Homes standard of Excellence and the JRF Lifetime Homes standard.

Peter Murray, Area Director, Shropshire & Staffordshire at English Partnerships said,

“Persimmon Homes won the open competitive tender against strong competition from at least ten other national housebuilders. They were appointed for their vision and understanding of our commitment to high sustainability standards and we are delighted to have them on board.