A PARTY was held to celebrate the completion of a new development in Moreton.

Cotswold MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown joined the crowds, heralding the 16-home Moreton Edge on the edge of the town as a “wonderful” development.

As he met with residents and representatives from Midlands-based developer Deeley Homes, qualified Chartered Surveyor Sir Geoffrey called for other new developments to follow in its footsteps.

He said: “I would like to extend a warm welcome to the new residents at what is a wonderful new development. I have been here three times since work started and pay tribute to everyone involved in its creation.

“As a Chartered Surveyor, I think these homes are extremely well built and the development blends the old with the new very well.

“This is a real addition to Moreton and it is great to see it completed. Moreton-in-Marsh is a wonderful place to live and I hope all the residents will be very happy here.

“I hope that I can encourage Deeley to have more developments like this in this area because this really is the sort of quality that we need.”

Cotswold Journal: Director of the Deeley Group Peter Hartill and Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MPDirector of the Deeley Group Peter Hartill and Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP (Image: NQ)

It was Sir Geoffrey’s third visit to the site, having been present for the start of work and for the unveiling of the NHS-inspired road name, Nightingale Gardens.

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The gated development has been completed on the site of the former Moreton-in-Marsh Hospital and features a range of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes, built around a private communal garden.

Residents from many of the homes at Moreton Edge attended the garden party, which was organised by Deeley Homes.

One such homeowner is Chris McKinty, who moved over from France.

She said: “We came across the development online, came and looked, peeked through the gate and said we wanted to see it as soon as possible. I’m really pleased with our home.”

Matt Green also lives at the development and moved from nearby Ilmington.

He said: “The location was key for me, to have everything in walking distance and then have a park nearby which is great for the kids. They love cycling around the area too. Living here has worked out really well.”

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Coventry-headquartered Deeley Homes is now looking for sites on the edge of towns and villages in the Midlands to build more homes.

Peter Deeley, joint managing director of the Deeley Group, added: “We’re proud to have been able to bring this brownfield site back to life and into a thriving community on the edge of Moreton-in-Marsh. The homes have been designed to complement their surroundings and it fits seamlessly into the town.

“The communal garden is the centrepiece of the development. It was lovely to see so many residents join us on the green to celebrate the completion of the development and for us to have the opportunity to speak with them about their lives at Moreton Edge.

“This development is an example of what can be achieved with an edge-of-town site and we hope to be able to bring similar developments of this quality forward across the Midlands.”