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Lovell appointed to build first new homes at Beacon Park, Gorleston

Lovell has been selected to build the £9 million first phase of a major new homes development, which Great Yarmouth Borough Council is bringing forward at Gorleston-on-Sea, near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

East Wood is a distinctive scheme of 287 new homes at Beacon Park, with a mixture of houses, flats and bungalows in a desirable woodland setting, close to the top-performing Enterprise Zone and James Paget Hospital. The council’s local authority trading company, Equinox Enterprises Ltd, assisted by Orwell Project Management, has appointed Lovell to build the first phase of 56 contemporary houses and flats, mainly for sale.

Construction is set to start this autumn on the first phase which will create six two-bedroom flats and 50 two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom houses, scheduled for completion in mid-2020. Fifty of the homes will be for open market sale while there will be six new council homes. In a convenient location to the north of the A47/A143 link road, the new homes will be accessed from Woodfarm Lane which has been recently upgraded.

The properties make up the first phase of the wider East Wood housing scheme, designed by architects Ingleton Wood. The overall development will be surrounded by green space, with an existing woodland walk footpath surrounding the neighbourhood.

Cllr Graham Plant, the council leader, says: “This scheme underlines how the borough council is taking a proactive role in supporting sustainable growth and working towards an attractive mix of good quality housing, that is fit for purpose for all and meets the borough’s needs.

“In addition to new distinctive homes, East Wood residents will benefit from enhancements to the existing woodland walk footpath and green space around the site, as well as other planned or existing facilities in this growth area. Following the granting of planning permission, we’re pleased that a contractor is now in place and look forward to the ground-breaking ceremony in the coming weeks.”

Orwell’s director of development Wendy Evans-Hendrick comments: “We are delighted to be providing project management services to Equinox Enterprises on such an important site for both the company and Great Yarmouth Borough. It is extremely rewarding to be able to use our project management expertise to help bring this project to fruition.”

Lovell regional managing director Simon Medler says: “We’re very excited to be working with Equinox Enterprises, Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Orwell to bring these much-needed new homes to Gorleston, drawing on our expertise in creating high-quality open market and affordable homes and our excellent record of successfully working in partnership with local authorities and housing associations.

“The development will make a major contribution to the area’s continuing growth and prosperity, tackling the shortage of new homes locally and creating an attractive new community in a great location.”