A NEW development of 80 homes in Newent is already fully reserved — even as developers continue to work at the site.

Bellway’s Picklenash Grove development off Ross Road includes 48 properties built for private sale, with the remaining 32 homes earmarked as affordable housing for local people. These are being offered as either shared ownership or to rent.

The last few households are set to be handed their keys within the next few weeks before Bellway workers wrap up work at the site.

The development comes with a new informal sports field and a children’s play area. 

The planning conditions also included financial contributions for local amenities totalling £64,000. Of this, £15,000 will go towards improving the town’s library facilities.

Carly Maidment, sales manager at Bellway, said: “Picklenash Grove has been a sought-after development with buyers, due to the popularity of its semi-rural location and the high-quality construction of the new homes provided.

“A new community has formed here in Newent and we are close to welcoming the final residents to their new homes. 

“We are looking forward to moving off site and allowing the neighbourhood to develop and go from strength to strength.

“Throughout our time at Picklenash Grove, we have been committed to investing in local infrastructure, with financial contributions to the local library now made and a new sports field provided for the community.”

As we previously reported, families began moving into the estate towards the end of last year. At that time, it was estimated that all work would have been completed at the site by March of this year. 

As well as the £64,000 financial contribution attached to the development’s planning consent, Bellway also helped a local animal charity buy a piece of life-saving equipment.

Newent Hedgehog Rescue, which is run by Cathie and Aaron Jones from their home in High Street, was given £300 to buy an incubator by the developers in November last year. 

Speaking to the Reporter at the time, Cathie said: “We are very thankful to Bellway, as we really couldn’t do what we do without kind donations from individuals and companies.”