Family homes, allotments - and a road named after a fallen Yateley marine - have officially opened.
Swan Lake View in Reading Road, Yateley, a new housing development on the former Clark’s Farm site, officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday July 12.
The 20-acre site includes has a large wooded lakeside area, 44 allotments and a car park, owned by Yateley Town Council and managed by the Blackwater Valley Countryside team.
The opening of the 85-home site was attended by residents, allotment holders and councillors, including Yateley mayor Gerry Crisp who cut the ribbon.
Councillor Adrian Collett said: “The allotments already have bean poles all over the place and people busy preparing the soil.
“Growing your own is so popular in Yateley and it is fantastic to see residents taking part in a healthy activity.
“The waiting list remains, so we still need to find other suitable allotment sites.”
The site has been subject to various controversial planning proposals over the years including a large-scale recycling centre.
Cllr Myra Billings said: “We were against plans for an extra waste recycling place because of lorries going in and out of the road near the school.
“I think we got the best deal we could get in the end.”
In January last year, Cllr Chris Barnes suggested one of the new roads in the development be named after Royal Marine Commando Adam Brown.
Adam was killed while serving in Afghanistan aged 25 and since his death his widow Amy Tardelli-Brown has dedicated her time to raise more than £160,000 to support other marines and their families.
The new Bloor Homes development provides 33 affordable houses for first-time buyers – a mix of shared ownership and rental properties.
One of the first to move into one of the three to six-bedroom homes was Trevor Darlington and his family.
Mr Darlington was looking to move up the housing ladder after moving in with his partner and welcoming his two teenage children back home.
Having previously lived in the area for 15 years, he was keen to stay in Yateley as it was close to work and offered good secondary schools and sixth forms for his children.
Mr Darlington said: “We weren’t originally planning to move so quickly, but then we visited Swan Lake View and got talking to the Bloor team.
“From the service and support we received when making the move, through to the quality of the homes and beautiful location, everything just seemed to click into place.”
In the last eight months, more than a third of all buyers at Swan Lake View have used the government’s Help to Buy scheme.
Andrea Smale, field sales manager for Bloor Homes, said: “Affordable housing is an important part of our commitment to giving back to communities.
“We know how hard it is for young people trying to get on to the property ladder, and trying to save while paying rent.”