First Homes Taking Shape at Brooklands

Mon 26 Apr 2010

Brooklands combines homes, schools, businesses, sports facilities and open space with picturesque streams and meadows and over the next ten years will become one of the most desirable places to live in the region.  Superfast Broadband carried by fibre optic cable - the fastest in the region - will come as standard to all the residents and businesses from the day they move in.

Already, much of the infrastructure is complete with roads and drainage in place among the many thousands of trees and shrubs planted across the 365 hectare site.

The first phase of two hundred completed houses, constructed to the highest standards by Countryside, will be of two to five bedrooms with special attention being paid to providing sustainable living.  These will be ready to move into in September at the same time as the new Brooklands Farm Primary School welcomes its first pupils. 

“The first homes will go on sale in the summer and we’re certainly anticipating a great deal of interest from the buying public,” says Simon Elcock, project director for Places for People.  “We’ve seen the strong demand for well designed and sustainable homes in a mature and attractive setting with the popularity of the Wolverton Park development.  We are expecting demand at Brooklands to be very high indeed.”

Two high quality children’s play areas are under construction each aimed at different age groups.  Special attention is being given to using play equipment constructed from natural materials of the highest quality.

The landscaped Brooklands Ridge is well under way, creating an astonishingly effective barrier to the noise from the busy M1 motorway.  A million cubic metres of soil is going into creating this attractive noise attenuation feature which is the largest of its kind in Europe.  All the earth has been tested and treated to ensure it is completely inert.

The unique design of the whole development is cleverly calculated so that as the number of homes and businesses grows towards completion in around ten years time, Brooklands will mature from a village to a town.  The main road through the development will host shops and other small-scale commercial development as in a traditional town street.  This will also be the main route for buses which will be given priority to encourage a more sustainable attitude to transport in the town.

“For all of us involved in the development,” Simon says, “this is more than just another housing project.  We believe Brooklands should and will be a special place to live, work and play, and we hope it will be seen as a great example of how this kind of town should be planned and delivered in the future.”

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