The first homeowners will soon be moving in on the old Princess Marina Hospital site in Northampton, six years after a major housing development was first proposed.
The first phase of 63 homes are under construction at the site off Weedon Road, and the first buyer will be moving in by the end of September.
The development will contain about 500 properties when complete, and has gone ahead despite concerns raised over the years about the scheme adding to the parking problems in the St Crispin area.
The plans were originally approved by the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC) in November 2008.
The mayor of Northampton, Councillor Les Marriott, opened developer Persimmon’s showhome at the Marina Gardens site today.
Councillor Marriott (Lab, Semilong) said: “Looking at the broader picture, there was some opposition to it, but it means growth and prosperity, and employs a lot of people as well.
“One of the biggest holdbacks has been the economy, but the foundations built by WNDC and the borough council are coming to fruition.”
Richard White, land director for Persimmon Homes, said: “As much as anything, people’s confidence is growing, mortgage availability is good and demand is very strong.
“We would say that since things turned in 2007, this is one of the best years in terms of sales.”
Debbie Box, area sales manager for Persimmon Homes, said: “It is a very popular site for us, and we have really taken things forward on it.”
More information on the site is available at www.persimmonhomes.com.