Falmouth development breaks ground for 133 new homes

Barratt David Wilson Homes Exeter Construction Director Ryan Lee speaks to Cllr David Saunby and Phil Hart about the development
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A new developer has broken ground for another 133 new homes on the edge of Falmouth. The Pen Bethan development ceremony marks the official start of construction, with the show home anticipated to launch in the autumn.

Situated on land in Budock, the new community is being built by developer Barratt Homes Exeter. It said the development will have a strong focus on sustainability and community integration.

The event on Friday (May 24) brought together key members of the Barratt Homes project team and representatives from Cornwall Council and Budock Parish Council to place shovels in the ground for the first time. Pen Bethan will comprise 86 private homes and 47 affordable homes, representing 35 per cent of the development.

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The two to four-bedroom homes will range in styles and the site will include 2.2 acres of publicly-accessible open space, which will be located at the front of the development. It will be available by the time the first families move in, and a play area will also be created.

Key sustainability features include the installation of bat and bird boxes for each home; designation of 1.4 acres of biodiversity areas; planting of over 100 new trees, including an orchard area; planting of more than 5,900 new sapling hedgerows; implementation of bee-friendly planting across the development; creation of hedgehog highways to support local wildlife; installation of electric car charging points and solar PV panels on all homes; and use of timber-framed construction for homes to reduce environmental impact.

As required as part of the planning permission, Pen Bethan will contribute a total of £570,019 in Section 106 allocations towards local education, transport, NHS services and biodiversity initiatives. The developer says this investment underscores Barratt David Wilson Homes’ commitment to enriching the local area and supporting essential community services, however it's required by law.

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