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Work Starts on 1,000 New Homes in Thirsk


12:44pm 13th February 2013

Work on a 1,000 home development on the outskirts of Thirsk starts this week.

The ‘Sowerby Gateway’ scheme will also see shops, a neighbourhood centre, new school places and leisure provision built.

The 56 hectare site on the edge of Sowerby will be transformed over the next 15 years – this first phase includes 107 new homes.

The new homes – to be built by Mulberry Homes Yorkshire– will be some of the most energy efficient in the district.   The scheme includes both affordable and shared ownership properties.

“This is a very exciting phase of an important development not just for Thirsk and Sowerby but for the Hambleton district,” said Hambleton District Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing, Councillor Mark Robson.

“Sowerby Gateway will bring new homes, new facilities and new jobs to the district – and the whole scheme will be worth millions of pounds to the local economy.   It has been years in the planning and will take up to 15 years to complete – but seeing work start is a real boost in these times of cutbacks.”

And Martin Foster, Director of Mulberry Homes Yorkshire, added: “This first phase of housing is our opportunity to establish the Mulberry Homes Yorkshire brand in the District. We hope it will set the bar in terms of quality, sustainability and value for money, providing a further choice to house buyers.

“We are very excited about the start of our first development where our vision is to create a thriving and sustainable community, providing a sympathetic extension to Sowerby and Thirsk and bringing in economic and social benefits for the area.”

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