For one Norfolk house builder, it’s about much more than bricks and mortar
WHILE LARGE-scale development of thousands of new houses continues apace on the northern outskirts of Norwich, a Norfolk-based house builder is currently building a more humanscale new community in a village just to the west of the city – staying true to its philosophy of creating new communities, not just building houses.
Abel Homes, a family-owned firm based in Watton, is building just 28 new homes in the village of Little Melton and is working hard to ensure that the new development has a positive effect on a thriving village which enjoys a vibrant community feel.
“Little Melton is a village which really enjoys the best of both worlds,” says Paul Legrice, managing director of Abel Homes. “It is close to Norwich with all its big-city facilities such as shops, theatres, restaurants and so on – but it retains that community feel.
“It is a lovely, secluded village which conveniently links the city and the countryside.
“Although it’s just a mile from Norwich’s southern bypass, and close to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, the Norwich Research Park and the University, Little Melton retains its village feel, complete with shop, pub, pre-school and primary school, as well as a thriving village hall and a lively programme of social events and from here it’s only 45 minutes to the coast. But above all it is the vibrant community feel to the village which makes it such an attractive place to live.”
Situated close to the village hall, next to a playground, football pitch and tennis court, the Abel Homes site has been named The Limes, after a special jubilee lime tree planted close to the site by the vicar of Little Melton in 1887, to mark Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee.
As with every Abel Homes new homes site, there will be a public open space to encourage residents to get out and meet their neighbours and to provide somewhere for children to play.
Another unique feature of Abel Homes’ developments is that the firm commissions a piece of artwork from a local artist to provide a focus for each of the new communities it creates. The firm is currently seeking local artists to bid for this latest commission, which will be unveiled next year.
The first new residents at The Limes in Little Melton are starting to move in and many are already saying it was that community feel of the village and of the development that attracted them and are looking forward to becoming part of village life.
Further details of the new homes being built by Abel Homes at The Limes in Little Melton can be found at www. abelhomes.co.uk. Local artists interested in bidding for the community artwork commission at the development should contact [email protected]homes.co.uk
Previous artwork at Abel Homes development The Hatchery in Swaffham