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Taylor Wimpey and Barberry sign deal to bring forward new homes in Droitwich

Taylor Wimpey West Midlands and Barberry Developments have joined forces to bring much-needed new homes and investment to Droitwich, Worcestershire, after exchanging contracts for land off Yew Tree Hill.

The leading housebuilder and property developer have signed a deal on the sale of the 25-acre piece of land, which has outline planning consent for up to 250 new homes and will form part of the wider Yew Tree Village development.

Barberry, which first acquired 50 acres of land off Yew Tree Hill in 2007, has retained three acres with outline consent for a care home and a neighbourhood retail centre, which will be developed later in the programme.

Two other sites at Yew Tree Village have been purchased from Barberry by Persimmon Homes and Redrow Homes for housing.

Martyn Cartwright, director of Barberry Developments, said: “The exciting new development at Yew Tree Hill has been a long time in the making, ever since Barberry first acquired the land nearly 10 years ago. It is therefore with great pleasure that we’re able to announce today that we have completed the sale of 25 acres of the site to Taylor Wimpey.

“Barberry maintains an interest in the site having retained land for the development of a 200-unit care facility, community centre, café and other facilities. We will be following closely the work of the housebuilders on site and are looking forward to seeing the first new homes coming out of the ground.”

After an extensive consultation process in 2011, Barberry’s initial application for planning consent was rejected by Wychavon District Council in 2013. After an appeal to Eric Pickles, the then Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, permission for the scheme was granted in the summer of 2014.

John Symons, managing director for Taylor Wimpey West Midlands, said: “We’re delighted to have signed this deal with Barberry for the land in Droitwich and are looking forward to starting work on site and contributing to the fantastic new Yew Tree Village.

“The project will bring many benefits to the town and the region as a whole, including the creation of much-needed housing as well as new employment opportunities plus significant investment in the local community.

“The economic benefits that a new homes development brings to an area are very much the same as those brought by a factory opening, and with manufacturing across the UK in decline, housebuilding is moving into the gap, bringing support to the local jobs market and supply chains.”

Details about Taylor Wimpey developments across the region are available by calling 0121 703 3400 or by visiting the website at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk.