The first residents have moved in at a new housing development taking shape on the outskirts of Churchdown.
Bellway and Ashberry Homes are building a total of 465 homes at Pirton Fields, on land off Cheltenham Road East to the north-west of the village.
The site, which features a range of two, three and four-bedroom homes for sale, is part of the wider Churchdown expansion which will deliver new homes and employment space along the A40 corridor between Cheltenham and Gloucester.
Bellway has now completed the first properties at their development, and handed over the keys to buyers.
Bellway’s part of the development will comprise 368 homes, including 131 affordable homes for rent or shared ownership. Ashberry Homes is to deliver the other 97 properties, of which 32 will be provided as affordable housing.
A total of £5.7 million in funding for local services will be provided by the two housebuilders through the planning agreement for the new homes, including £5 million for education.
Daniel Shone, Sales Manager for Bellway, said: “Pirton Fields is an exciting development which will create a brand-new neighbourhood in this attractive and convenient location between Cheltenham and Gloucester.
“We are building a wide range of homes to meet the needs of people at various stages of the property ladder. All properties will be from Bellway’s Artisan Collection, our flagship range of house designs which combine traditional craftsmanship with modern construction techniques.
“It’s been so nice to see our first buyers move into their new homes at Pirton Fields and we look forward to welcoming more residents to this growing community in the coming months.”
Carly Maidment, Sales Manager for Ashberry Homes, said: “As well as delivering much-needed new homes for people in this part of Gloucestershire, Pirton Fields will also bring millions of pounds of investment in local services, which is vital for the continued growth and prosperity of the area.
“The development is in an ideal location for commuters, situated within a 15-minute drive of both Cheltenham and Gloucester, and only five minutes away from Junction 11 of the M5.
“The semi-rural setting means Pirton Fields is proving particularly sought-after by families, who are also being attracted by the wide selection of schools within easy reach of the development.”
Bellway and Ashberry Homes both have two showhomes at Pirton Fields which are open for viewings by appointment.
Bellway currently has a selection of three and four-bedroom homes for sale, with prices starting from £279,995. A range of two, three and four-bedroom houses are available from Ashberry Homes, priced from £242,995.
Both Bellway and Ashberry Homes recently retained their five-star rating from the Home Builders Federation, which means that more than 90 per cent of customers would recommend the housebuilder to a friend or family member.