A HOUSEBUILDER says it is making a “major investment” in Halstead by building almost 300 new homes and providing more than £2 million for infrastructure projects.

Bellway Essex is currently building 218 new homes at Willow Park, off Winston Way.

The scheme will also see contributions of almost £1.7 million made to local services.

This includes £1.2million towards education and more than £200,000 for the provision of outdoor sports.

Work has also started on a new development off Oak Road called Oakfields Park.

This sum will include £491,000 for early years and primary education, as well as £86,000 for outdoor sports, £45,000 for community facilities, £30,000 for healthcare services, £6,000 for library expenditure, and £2,700 for allotments.

Managing director of Bellway Essex Phil Standen said: “The number of new homes we are delivering, and the size of the financial contributions connected to these two developments clearly demonstrate our ongoing commitment to Halstead.

“We have worked with the local authority to finalise designs and planning agreements that will see us provide nearly 300 new homes and bring significant investment to the area.

“At Willow Park, the site will feature more than 30 acres of parkland, footpaths and a children’s play area.

“Over at our new Oakfields Park development, it will feature a tree-lined avenue at the entrance, will include landscaped public open space and a play area for children.” 

“These two developments are providing much-needed homes in Halstead, where the demand for new housing is on the increase.

“The money we will be contributing to improvements to the infrastructure in the town will better the lives of residents now and in the future.

“At Bellway Essex we pride ourselves on not only building new homes but on creating new neighbourhoods which will deliver significant, positive and long-lasting benefits for the local community.

“We are confident that this will be our legacy at Halstead.”