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Welcome to Hungerford - residents move in to Lancaster Park development

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MEET the new neighbours.

Hungerford’s 100-home Lancaster Park development led town councillors and planners on a rollercoaster ride since it was first proposed.

But now the dust has setted and the town has extended a welcome to the first families to buy some of the houses.

Lancaster Park (53909766)
Lancaster Park (53909766)

Among them are Paul and Sarah Coombs, who are preparing to make Hungerford their home in the new year, along with their 10-month-old cockerpoo dog.

They have bought a three-bedroom, semi-detached property and Mrs Coombs said: “When we approached Lancaster Park, we just got a wonderful sense of being at home – it felt right.

“We both love how it has been designed and Bewley [Homes] has blended the classic architectural style with the rural setting perfectly.

“We get a thrill about thinking about living there every time we drive past to see our house progressing.”

Mr Coombs said: “The location of this development is second to none. We can step outside our front door and we’re standing in the North Wessex Downs in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty [AONB].”

The development itself proved controversial from the outset, with many local residents and Hungerford Town Council opposed to such a project in the local AONB.

But in 2019, West Berkshire Council’s western area planning committee granted approval.

A wrangle over the amount of affordable homes to be included followed, but has since been resolved.

Bewley Homes has now sold more than 50 per cent of the two-, three- and four-bedroom homes which range in price from £510,000 to £760,000.

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