The first homeowners will soon move on to the old Princess Marina Hospital site in Northampton, six years after a major housing development was first proposed.
The first phase of 63 homes is under construction at the site, off Weedon Road, and the first buyer will move in by the end of the month.
The development will feature about 500 properties when complete, and has gone ahead despite concerns raised about the scheme adding to 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 show home at the site.
He 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 the WNDC and the borough council are coming to fruition.”
Back in 2011, a planning committee meeting heard residents’ concerns that parking was already a problem in the area which they feared would become a “massive problem” with the new homes.
Developer Persimmon said building on the Princess Marina site showed confidence in the housing market was growing.
The firm’s land director, Richard White, 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.”
Area sales manager, Debbie Box, added: “It is a very popular site for us and we have really taken things forward on it.”