Disused Leicestershire village land transformed into 49-home affordable housing scheme

Completion of 49 affordable homes in Leicestershire village
Completion of 49 affordable homes in Leicestershire village -Credit:Unsworth Sugden

A Leicestershire village could soon be welcoming its new neighbours now that an affordable homes development has reached completion. Residents will also be able to enjoy a new park and the green spaces and walkways which were added to the area as part of the 49-home scheme in Whetstone.

The one, two and three-bedroom properties were built on a disused brownfield site and include a mixture of houses, apartments and maisonettes. The 49 new-builds will be offered at an affordable rent or on a shared ownership basis.

The development was completed by builders Morro Partnerships (previously named Jessup Partnerships), and is one of five sites which are part of Morro Partnerships’ "multi-million pound investment in construction across Leicestershire".

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On Monday, April 29, South Leicestershire MP Alberto Costa visited the site just off Cambridge road in the centre of the village to celebrate the site's completion. He was joined by the developer’s CEO Matt Moore, Midland Heart housing association's Joe Reeves and Councillor Les Phillimore.

Alberto Costa MP said: “It was fantastic to visit the completed development so quickly after my previous trip in December 2022 and to discuss the importance of affordable housing in our constituency.

“I’m really pleased that developers are embracing South Leicestershire and particularly sustainable affordable homes in the region, which will help many of our constituents take that first step onto the housing ladder.

South Leicestershire is a great place to live, and seeing the thriving community that has been cultivated at this excellent development, I continue to work with relevant partners such as Morro and Blaby District Council to ensure our constituents live in high-quality homes that we can be proud of.”

Matt Moore, CEO at Morro, said: “It was great to welcome Alberto Costa MP and Councillor Les Phillimore back to this incredibly important development, and we are thrilled to have completed our work in providing vital affordable homes in the region.

“Our shared project with Midland Heart has helped to deliver safe and secure homes for many people, turning disused brownfield land into a vibrant community where families can thrive.

“This development, alongside our multi-million-pound scheme at the former Abbey Lane bus depot in Leicester, underlines our investment in the Leicestershire community while operating in a sustainable way.”

The Abbey Lane site will see the construction of 103 semi-detached and terrace homes as well as 14 maisonettes, as Morro continues to expand its East Midlands portfolio after opening a new office in Leicester.