Planning has been granted for over 600 of the 750 new homes agreed to be built at IM Properties’ Blythe Valley Park (BVP) alongside a new neighbourhood centre, apartments and a high-quality care home.

Consent has been granted to both Bloor Homes and Crest Nicholson for an additional 293 homes in the past few months. This is on top of planning permissions last year for nearly 300 homes already delivered by the developers who have opened several show homes and welcomed new residents.

Octopus Real Estate is now looking for a development partner to create the 80-bed care home facility, located near to the neighbourhood centre being delivered by IM Properties. This will include a food outlet, convenience store and 48 apartments, which will commence in February next year.

Richard Knight technical director at IM Land, the strategic land arm of IM Properties, responsible for coordinating and working to deliver the residential element of BVP said:

“Real progress has been made to move forward the vision for BVP to create a sustainable new community and economic asset for the region.

“A number of detailed planning consents have been given the green light, landscaping has begun, and we are in final discussions with an operator for the new convenience store which will be part of the neighbourhood centre on site.

“A new bus service, part funded by IM Properties, began to enhance the already well- established connectivity at BVP to surrounding neighbourhoods at the start of the year. Works have also started on several new walkways to help connect up the commercial and residential elements of the site and help them to blend seamlessly.”

More extensive landscaping and opening up of a further southern walkway will start in Q4, in addition to the roll-out of a new play strategy for the residential phase of BVP, with a variety of well-designed play areas beginning to take shape over the next 12 months.

Richard added: “We’re extremely pleased with how quickly the residential scheme has come together. By working closely with both Crest and Bloor we have enabled them to concentrate on the quality of their layouts for the scheme, which in turn has allowed the developers to get on site quickly and begin to deliver new homes to the highest standard.

“Visitors are starting to get a good impression of what the new community will look like and level of detail that has gone into placemaking to create a great place to live, work or play.”

There are already a strong range of amenities at BVP which will be boosted further by the development of the neighbourhood centre. Being one of the Midlands first truly mixed-use schemes, it caters for both businesses and residents at BVP with shops, a Virgin Active Gym, Java Lounge Coffee House and Busy Bees Nursery.

BVP is already home to a large number of leading companies across a range of sectors including Gymshark, PKF Cooper Parry, Siemens and Zenith.