Construction begins at Leicestershire’s first garden village

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Construction has started at Leicestershire’s first Garden Village, Broadnook.

Announcing the launch of construction, the developers have unveiled a new roadside billboard as well as the installation of Hollywood-style 9ft lettering made from corten steel.

Raising a glass of locally grown Rothley sparkling wine was the Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Margaret Smidowicz, alongside James Wilson, Managing Director of Davidsons Homes, and Steve Keenan, Construction Director at Cora Homes.

The creation of the new Garden Village includes plans for car-free zones, cycle paths, village square, community nursery and primary school, enterprise zones, allotments and open green spaces that will connect residents to the local landscape.

The project is backed by an investment of £32.6 million – of which over £17 million is being invested into local schools – creating more than 1,900 homes ranging from one to five bedrooms.

Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Margaret Smidowicz said: “The launch of Broadnook Garden Village is a defining moment for the Borough of Charnwood as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

“This thoughtful, innovative design offers a sense of ‘place’, encapsulating the heritage of the surrounding area but considers the long-term future for the new community as it develops.

“I recall the many consultation meetings and

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