One year on from the launch of the first homes at Locking Parklands, St. Modwen Homes – the housebuilder behind the development – has revealed that it is succeeding in its aim of attracting a variety of homeowners to the former RAF Locking site, encouraging a sustainable community to develop there.
Locking Parklands was launched to the public in November 2011 and now has 70 new residents living on the site, including first time buyers, second steppers and downsizers. Its first phase, The Parkside, is now 100 per cent sold, with more than 50 per cent of homes sold at its second phase, The Woodlands, and construction underway on 150 new homes in the latest phase of housing, The Meadows. The site has proved popular with residents already living in the Weston-super-Mare area and those looking to relocate in the south west from other UK locations.
One such purchaser is Paul Jones who bought a three bedroom link-detached Maple house with his wife Kathleen, moving to Locking Parklands from their previous new build home in Suffolk.
Former policeman Paul said: “My wife and I decided to relocate to the South West to be closer to our children who live in Bristol and Cornwall, so we booked a number of viewings at various new build sites on the M5 corridor. Locking Parklands wasn’t actually on our list but when we drove past the leafy development it immediately grabbed our attention.
“The range of houses on offer and the woodland setting appealed strongly to both of us, as did St. Modwen Homes’ future plans for the site. Having a school, library and various retail outlets on the development will be a huge benefit to all residents and it is very exciting to be able to see it all taking shape before our eyes. It is already beginning to feel like a community, with all the residents happy to chat to each other and make new friends on the site.
“The house itself has been designed in a way that really suits our needs with a really spacious lounge and a balcony overlooking the green spaces. My wife and I have lived in a number of new build houses now and I can safely say that our home at Locking Parklands really does stand out as our favourite of them all. I would happily recommend the development to others looking to move to the area.”
Locking Parklands is being developed by the UK’s leading regeneration specialist St. Modwen, working with the HCA, and when complete, the £400 million mixed use development will provide a range of community facilities, in addition to the residential phases and commercial space which is anticipated to provide opportunities for up to 2,000 jobs. The new homes are being built by St. Modwen Homes, the residential arm of St. Modwen. To ensure a tight knit community forms at Locking Parklands, St. Modwen Homes has already held a number of community events on the open spaces, allowing the residents chance to meet their neighbours.
Neil Simpson, sales and marketing director at St. Modwen Homes said: “The homes at Locking Parklands have already helped to transform the former RAF Locking area, with the new residents bringing life to a once abandoned site. This is just the beginning of our regeneration programme which will include both community facilities and commercial space when complete. It is incredibly important to St. Modwen Homes that we lay the foundations for a genuine and sustainable community to thrive.”
Currently available for sale at Locking Parklands is a selection of three and four bedroom homes from £219,500, and the next phase is due to be released for sale next month, offering one, two, three and four bedroom homes and apartments from £129,995.
The development boasts good road access to the M5 and A371 and is just a short ten minute drive to the beach and Weston-super-Mare town centre. The Locking Parklands marketing suite, located on Farnborough Road off the A371, is open for visitors seven days a week between 10am and 6pm. For further information please call the St. Modwen Homes sales team on 0844 243 4848 or visit www.lockingparklands.co.uk