A property developer has been appointed to build 800 homes in a planned new village in Nottinghamshire.
Vistry Partnerships has been appointed by Nottinghamshire County Council to work on the site near Hucknall, north of Nottingham.
The multi-million pound deal for the new village of Top Wighay is one of the biggest development deals for the council, but the council said that due to commercial sensitivities the exact cost of selling the land has not been made public.
It is hoped that the new community on a 100-acre site will create over 1,000 full-time jobs, as well as a new primary school, shops and businesses. The council estimates the new village will boost the local economy by more than £873million over a decade.
Vistry Partnerships will work closely with the council on the construction of new sustainable homes and green spaces, as well as engage with the local community to keep them updated on the progress of the plans.
Councilor Keith Girling chairs the Nottinghamshire Economic Development and Asset Management Committee which approved the deal.
He said: “We are delighted with the appointment of Vistry Partnerships as it brings the new village closer to reality.
“This is a landmark moment. This flapship development, led by Nottinghamshire County Council, will benefit generations to come with the promise of new homes, new jobs and much-needed skills to boost our economy.
“It really is the best possible use for this land owned by the County Council, which already has planning permission, as we look to create more quality, sustainable housing to meet the needs of our growing population.
“These new homes will give families a place to make memories and help them build a future here.
“The lucrative contract opportunities for local contractors will be another benefit.
“One of the main goals of this new planned community is for it to be as green as possible. As well as having greener homes, we want to encourage greener travel as we seek to help achieve the UK’s net zero targets.
“Walking trails, bike paths and traffic calming measures are at the heart of the plans and the site is already close to an existing bus route. New bus stops are also offered.
“As well as being close to the M1, Hucknall is well served by tram and rail, with existing links to Nottingham, Derby, Mansfield and Chesterfield.”
Infrastructure works at the site already include an enlarged roundabout on the A611/Annesley Road, a new signal-controlled junction as well as a new 9ft wide shared-use pedestrian and cycle lane along the side north of the A611 north of Hucknall and west of Linby.