Work starts on partnership between Repton Property Developments and Lovell Partnerships

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Ground breaking at St Edmund's Park, Acle in Norfolk
Cllr Andrew Procter, Gareth Roberts of Lovell, Cllr Gregory Peck and Simon Medler of Lovell

Construction work has begun on a £25 million housing development in Acle after partners, Lovell Partnerships East Anglia and Repton Property Developments officially celebrated a breaking-ground ceremony.

Located north of Norwich Road in Acle, St Edmund’s Park will provide 69 properties for open market sale through Lovell Homes as well as 42 units for affordable rent and a further 26 homes for affordable shared ownership.

St Edmund’s Park is the first development in a new partnership between Lovell and Repton, which has been set up to contribute towards meeting the growing demand for housing across Norfolk, whilst raising the quality, design and performance standards for new homes.

This will also create an economic stimulus whilst creating quality jobs for local tradespeople and is set to bring over 350 brand-new homes to Norfolk across the next five years.

Lovell, which has a strong record of working with local authorities and other partner organisations across the UK, will provide full development services to Repton, including managing the planning and design of the new homes, building them and supplying sales and aftercare services.

Founded in 2017, Repton Property Developments was set up by Norfolk County Council to work with developers to obtain planning permission and provide housing on council-owned land.

This route enables the council to use the profits made to cover cuts to central funding and continue to provide local services.

Simon Medler, regional managing director at Lovell, said: “We’re thrilled to have started construction on the first development in this new partnership with Repton Property Developments.

“It’s a pleasure to have been selected as Repton’s development partner for this major new-build homes programme, which will help to tackle the shortage of high-quality homes across Norfolk.

“Lovell has extensive experience of using its development expertise to work with local authorities to produce much-needed properties on publicly-owned land. We’re looking forward to using our experience on this exciting project which will increase the supply of new homes locally as well as boosting the economy and surrounding communities.”

Council leader Councillor Andrew Proctor, chairman of Repton Homes, said: “This is the first of our schemes to bring about high-quality housing in Norfolk. We are looking to build much-needed homes, as well as generating income for the County Council.”

Lovell Partnerships is the chosen developer to work with Repton on its first phase of sites, including St Edmund’s Park, as well as land east of Lowestoft Road, a Hopton, and two further sites in Attleborough.

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