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A beautiful new village green and play area has opened in Lightmoor village as the latest phase of the major housing development moves closer to completion.

The Paddocks is the fifth and penultimate phase of the village which is being developed by Bournville Village Trust in partnership with Keepmoat Homes and Homes England.

It will create 200 new homes, of which 140 are now complete, as well as the new village green and play area which is now officially open.

The play area includes a mix of facilities for families to enjoy from timber climbing frames, swings, slides and rockers to a basketball court and archery boards.

Surrounding the play area is the village green made up of a variety of stunning native flowers and plants to encourage wildlife, like bees and butterflies, to flourish.

The Paddocks has been built by Keepmoat and Bournville Village Trust will manage the 50 properties for social rent as well as the village green and play area.

The new facilities will add to Lightmoor’s many existing open spaces which include two orchards, two parks, a football pitch and numerous other areas of open space and woodland.

Fleur Hemming, Stewardship Manager at Bournville Village Trust, said: “We are really pleased that we have been able to work with Keepmoat Homes to open the village green and play area.

“It is a fantastic new addition to Lightmoor village with lots of facilities for families to enjoy and a new village green planted with lavender and long grasses to encourage butterflies and bees.

“Well maintained open spaces that offer people the opportunity to enjoy fresh air and exercise have never been more important than they are right now so it is fantastic that it is ready for families to use.”

Charlotte Goode, Regional Managing Director, at Keepmoat Homes, said: “We are delighted to hand over the completed village green and play area. Now more than ever, open spaces are extremely important and I am sure that this area will become a much loved and well used part of this thriving new community.

Bournville Village Trust is a community-based housing association and registered charity whose mission is to create and sustain communities where people can thrive. It provides services to 8,000 homes and 25,000 people in Birmingham and Shropshire.

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