Work on creating the heart of Peters Village – including the shops and community centre – starts in January, according to the community’s developer, Trenport.
Company CEO Richard Hall said: “Covid-19 has disrupted planning and building and driven up the cost of materials and logistics this year, on top of other issues not of our making – it’s been ‘a perfect storm’.
“But a new year can be a new start. Construction of all centre facilities will launch in January 2021, Covid permitting, beginning with the village hall (and artist's impression is pictured below) quickly followed by the supermarket and three further shops plus ancillary works such as landscaping, parking and a play area.
“We were also pleased to announce that the Co-op (see http://bit.ly/3lptSo5) will operate the supermarket. It is scheduled to open by autumn and will be a great fit for Peters Village, as the brand is known for its ethical and Fairtrade policies.
“The Co-op has also confirmed that the new store will run on 100% renewable energy, all of which chimes with the community’s sustainable transport plan, nurturing of rare wildlife and the local Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
“Of course, we are disappointed by delays to the centre facilities due to external circumstances including Covid-19, but Peters Village had an unblemished record on construction timetables up to this point, with some previous elements even completed ahead of schedule, notably the new bridge.
“And Peters Village will gain enviable facilities; the community hall, for instance, is 25% larger than originally proposed after we took note of local input, and now includes changing rooms for the playing fields next door, which we have also upgraded”
Mr Hall said these points underlined how Trenport had always set the bar high on delivering Peters Village:
- Creating an in-house blueprint for housing quality and upmarket style to give a harmonious look to the whole community, rather than a mixed appearance dictated by the preferred designs of different housebuilders
- Donating the land and financing a fine new school that is larger and better ‘future-proofed’ than the planning permission required
- Building a bridge that is both elegant and effective, cutting what had been a tortuous 25-minute drive from bank to bank to just one minute
- Striving to ensure that the community is well served by public transport
- Commissioning a distinctive and appropriate sculpture to welcome people to the all-new community
- Preserving and commemorating the natural and human heritage of the site: there can be few new communities able to boast such an important SSSI.
Pictured below: plan view of the Peters Village centre complex
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