More than 250 people attended the official launch and open day for a new housing development in Farnley Tyas.
The Beech Farm development of 25 houses stands on the former site of the original Beech Farm.
Kirklees Mayor Clr Ken Smith officially opened the development when he praised the scheme for blending with the village setting and its use of high quality materials, adding: “It’s also encouraging to see that it’s already bringing new families into the village and school.”
John Radcliffe, of builder John Radcliffe & Sons Ltd, said: “The day was a huge success. We were confident that the homes would generate a great deal of interest from the local area and further afield.
“To have more than 200 people visit on the first day, however, and for a number of these families to place reservations, exceeded even our expectations.
“Many of the visitors remarked on the quality and that the homes really look as if they belong in the village thanks to the local stone walls and stone slate roofs.”
The Beech Farm scheme is the result of 10 years of local consultation and partnership working between Farnley Estates Ltd, which owns the land, John Radcliffe & Sons Ltd, which oversaw development, and Kirklees Council.
John Sykes, director of Farnley Estates, said: “It’s well-publicised that there is a shortage of good quality housing in areas where people want to live.
“We believe that Beech Farm is a great example of how development can take place that is sympathetic, rather than detrimental, to the local environment.
“We were very aware that the plans would cause concern in the village, which is why we entered into such an in-depth consultation process.
“We wanted to make sure that any development was in keeping with the area and enhanced, rather than detracted from the character of the village.”
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