Housing giant Redrow Homes has revealed plans to invest £1.7 million into the community in Berkeley, near Stroud, as part of its Berkeley Dene development of 107 new homes on land next to the town's Canon Park recreation ground.
As part of its planning commitment for the greenfield development, Redrow is also set to improve local infrastructure, with £200,000 set aside to improve public transport and over £100,000 to invest in the A38 Alkington Lane junction.
The housebuilder has also committed £318,000 to support local secondary schools, £67,000 to facilitate home-to-school transport and £20,000 to fund local libraries.
Work on the new development is already underway, with its collection of three and four-bedroom homes taking shape. Prices for the new build homes start from £442,995, with affordable housing also being designed and constructed.
Sales director at Redrow South West, Sian Smith said: 'We are thrilled to be supporting the community of Berkeley. With investments in local education, major road improvements and public transport links, we hope to improve the lives of both new and existing residents.
'We are pleased to be expanding our portfolio in the area, creating new, high-quality homes in Berkeley while providing this investment to the wider Gloucestershire region.'
The land next to the Berkeley Dene site is also currently being assessed as a possible base for the long-term Sharpness Vale project, with the hope that 2,400 new homes will be built by the year 2040.
Most excitingly, if incorporated into the Stroud District Council Local Plan — an overall district plan to achieve sustainable development — a brand-new carbon-neutral eco village could be created to sit between Berkeley and the Gloucestershire port of Sharpness, which could see additional infrastructure including a railway station, new school facilities and a ten hectare business park, too.