Three quarters of the new homes in St Mary’s Garden Village are now occupied and almost all of the facilities open.
The Edenstone Group has progressed with the construction of the new homes and has now welcomed residents into 263 of the 348 homes.
Along with new homes, there are acres of open space for residents including, play areas, a formal garden, wetlands and allotments. One of the final pieces of the puzzle is a net-zero community hub that generates more renewable energy than it consumes.
The gym, which is exclusive for residents of the neighbourhood, is already proving popular.
Edenstone Group operations director, Chris Edge, said: “Work at St Mary’s Garden Village started in early 2019 and, in response to demand, we released the first homes for sale off plan that summer before opening show homes.
“The transformation is simply remarkable and is testament to the hard work of the entire team- from those involved in planning and designing the development, the construction workers building the homes and creating the community facilities, to the sales team helping match people with their perfect property.
“As residents have moved in, friendships have been formed, helping the new community have the feel of a well-established neighbourhood.
“We have residents who have hosted charity bake sales and others who have almost adopted the resident ducks by feeding them on their doorstep.
“Those who have taken on the allotments have offered advice to like-minded neighbours and their produce with those living and working here. It’s truly become somewhere people love living and we hope that continues long after we’ve sold the final homes.”
Mum of four, Katie Furnell, said: It’s a lovely place to bring up a family because of the location and all the activities it has on site.”
Katie is studying childcare alongside having a young family of her own but is now considering starting a weekly baby club in the community hub at St Mary’s Garden Village.
“There’s nothing like that around here and it would be a chance for the parents in the village to get together and meet each other,” She added.
Ian Paterson and Laura Paterson Groen relocated from Switzerland to St Mary’s Garden Village.
Ian said: “Having things like gardens, walking trial and community hub with a gym was an important selling point.”
Laura added: “It’s really nice to have things like ponds on the doorstep as it means we don’t have to take the car to go for a walk.
“There's a brilliant cinema nearby at Labels and the first big shop is about a 15- minute walk away or we can wander into the town centre in around 25 minutes.”