£6 million community boost for Fulford courtesy of Persimmon development

Residents of a Yorkshire village are set to benefit from a huge community boost, courtesy of a development of new homes which will begin construction in May.

Fulford will gain from substantial investment in education, highway improvements, flood water management, a new community sports facility and enhancements to existing wildlife and nature areas, following £6 million of community contributions being made by developer Persimmon Homes.

The housebuilder is investing a total of £125 million in its Germany Beck development which will bring 655 new homes to the area over the next eight years.

The first stage of works will be focused on the construction of a new junction off the A19. Residents and businesses in the area can be kept informed on the highway enhancements through a regular series of updates, available by visiting the Persimmon Homes website and registering for email updates.

Simon Usher, managing director at Persimmon Homes Yorkshire, said:

“This is a major development which will transform approximately 24 hectare site, not only bringing much-needed new homes to the region, including 227 affordable homes, but also creating more than 120 new job opportunities, with more expected during the life of the project.

“Our contribution agreement is part of the planning permission and, in the case of Germany Beck, this will deliver a significant amount of funding to improve highway infrastructure and create an environment which benefits the wider community.”

The A19 will be raised in the locality of the development reducing the likelihood of future road closure at times of flooding from the River Ouse. The water, which will be displaced from the A19, will be stored in a specially created water meadow.

In addition, the plans for the development have been designed to limit the rate at which rain water leaves the site and enters the public sewers or watercourse. The site will incorporate oversized drainage pipes to store run-off water which will then enter the Beck at a lower rate than it currently does from the neighbouring farmer’s field. Simon added:

“A new community sports facility has been built at Fulford School and further funds will support improvements to the local primary and secondary schools, while a land provision is available for an additional medical centre.”

The scheme has been designed to retain the most important trees, hedgerows and stream course on the site. As part of the multi-stage conservation programme a new wetland habitat is being created to provide an enhanced environment for water voles to thrive.

Enhancements will be made to the Germany Meadow nature conservation area to maximise and encourage wildlife biodiversity.  For bats, new foraging areas are to be cultivated on site to reduce the need to cross the A19 and hop-over bat canopies will be introduced to improve the existing connectivity to Fulford Ings. Simon said:

“We are very pleased to begin work on our Germany Beck development and truly believe it will benefit the community and economy.

“We expect the various stages of the highway improvements will continue for the rest of the year and are looking at starting on-site construction in early 2017.

“Our construction partners, Howard Civil Engineering, will undertake the highway infrastructure and will help keep interested parties informed of the various road changes, throughout the project.

“We are exploring opportunities with the Parish Council and Fulford Library to display our regular updates on their notice boards. Residents and businesses can register on our website to receive the updates electronically in addition to the information available on our dedicated Persimmon Homes Germany Beck page at www.persimmonhomes.com/germanybeck

The Germany Beck development will offer an extensive range of apartments, bungalows and two, three, four and five bedroom homes. The development will incorporate open green spaces and a play park as well as cycle paths.

To find out more and to register for updates visit www.persimmonhomes.com/germanybeck