Cre­at­ing com­mu­ni­ties

For one Nor­folk house builder, it’s about much more than bricks and mor­tar

EDP Norfolk - - Property -

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. abel­ Lo­cal artists in­ter­ested in bid­ding for the com­mu­nity art­work com­mis­sion at the de­vel­op­ment should contact [email protected]­

Pre­vi­ous art­work at Abel Homes de­vel­op­ment The Hatch­ery in Swaffham

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