A CONTROVERSIAL new housing estate in Thornbury is set to launch next month.

Work at the site began in May this year after a drawn out battle between a large number of Thornbury residents and developers Bloor Homes.

A planning application originally submitted by Bloor Homes in 2012 for 300 homes on the site was immediately met with opposition but they eventually were deemed satisfactory by a government inspector.

Plans were given the green light last year after a series of appeals and objections lodged by residents who warned that the town may now experience an 'unstoppable' growth spurt.

The development, Thornbury Fields, will launch in mid-September and a showhome will open shortly after, in October.

The estate will comprise of a mixture of three, four and five bedroom houses alongside 38 affordable houses with the first units available for purchase in November.

Bloor Homes who operate the site say that they will be making contributions of over £940,000 to facilitate improvements to nearby highways, public transport routes, Quiet Lane and Safe Route to School schemes.

Funds will also be given to enhancing community facilities including The Chantry, Armstrong Hall and Thornbury Library.

Michele Rose, Sales Director for Bloor Homes comments: “Thornbury Fields has already attracted significant levels of interest from local homebuyers, thanks to its perfect blend of thoughtfully designed homes, stunning countryside setting, on-site community facilities and affordable prices.

“Our home designs perfectly illustrate Bloor Homes’ commitment to designing flexible homes which cater for the demands of today’s modern family.

“We have no doubt that Thornbury Fields will prove very popular amongst local residents so I would encourage anyone interested in securing one of these homes for themselves to register their interest now.”

Bloor Homes estimate that the development will be completed by the end of summer 2015.