WORK on 128 new homes on the edge of Worcester has been completed at last.

Housebuilders Bellway has finished construction at its Cherry Orchard development in Bevere, with every house now sold.

Of the 128 homes at the site at Gwillam’s Farm, off Ombersley Road, 77 are for private sale and 51 are affordable housing through rent or fixed equity.

The completion of work on-site marks the end of a nearly four-year construction project, with work on the mixture of two, three, four and five-bed houses beginning back in 2017.

In addition to the houses, Bellway has made contributions worth £1.4million to the local area through its planning agreement.

This includes £420,000 to Worcester Transport Strategy, £305,000 for education and £130,000 for nearby sport facilities.

Marie Richards, sales director of Bellway West Midlands, said: “We are pleased to say that all homes have now sold at Cherry Orchard, where a new community is already becoming well established.

“This development is the second we’ve completed in Bevere in recent years, following on from Cherry Tree Park which neighbours the site.

“The site’s popularity has partly been due to its proximity to both the Malvern Hills and Worcester city centre.

“People can either get out into the nearby countryside or take advantage of all the city’s shops, leisure activities and job opportunities – and the fact they can enjoy the best of both worlds has appealed to buyers of all ages.

“Countryside locations continue to attract buyers looking for a more rural way of life, especially since lockdown, and we’re continuing to meet that demand at other developments in the region.”

Work first started on the site back in 2017, with detailed plans being approved by Wychavon District Council in June 2015.

During the planning process, Historic England wrote a letter saying it was vital to ensure the development did not detract from the Grade II listed Beechwood House property or the numerous Grade I listed homes nearby.

The Gwillams Farm site is still home to the Gwillams Farm Shop, despite several pieces of the surrounding land being earmarked for the South Worcestershire Development Plan in recent times.