Mayor welcomes housebuilder as long-awaited urban extension scheme gets underway

Sir Peter Soulsby (seated) welcomes Morris Homes

Leicester City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby met with housebuilder Morris this week to mark the start of a long-awaited sustainable urban extension scheme for the city.

Morris, the first housebuilder to begin construction on the new site on Deacon Road, has started work to deliver 100 new homes as part of a wider sustainable expansion programme in the area. The Morris development, named Glebelands Park, will bring a range of contemporary detached, semi-detached and mews homes to the area.

The sustainable extension will lead to a pool of new jobs as Morris hires local sub-contractors and suppliers to assist with construction. The wider masterplan will also deliver a host of major new amenities, including schools, local centres, improved infrastructure and public open spaces. Morris will also be making an education contribution of £674,000 that will be put towards the new schools that will be required.

The development is expected to open towards the end of April this year.

Peter Soulsby said: “Morris Homes starting work on site is another important milestone in our ambitious vision for the sustainable development of Ashton Green.

“It marks the next step towards delivering on our plans for up to 3,000 high quality new homes in this area.

“Along with the substantial investment the council has made in new infrastructure and employment land, the commitment from Morris Homes will build confidence and help attract further investment to bring forward the exciting development opportunities at Ashton Green”.

Dominic Harman, Morris’ regional managing director in the Midlands, added: “We’re thrilled that Sir Peter could join us to mark the start of such an exciting new expansion in Leicester and help us to first translocate an area of species of rich grassland within the larger scheme.

“As the first housebuilder on the site, we have every confidence that the first release of our homes will prove to be extremely popular and we’re very pleased to be working in partnership with the city council to commence this long-awaited project”.