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First Residents Move Into Community Of New Homes In Little Melton

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Two couples have received the keys to their neighbouring brand new homes in Little Melton – the first to move in to a development of 28 new homes in the village.

Abel Homes managing director Paul LeGrice welcomed new neighbours Sheila and Chris Lewis-Smith, and Mark Ramsay and Anne-Marie Triggs, with champagne and their keys at the firm’s The Limes site, on Mill Road in the village.

The two couples have bought adjoining three-bedroom bungalows; both moved quickly when the site was launched, securing their homes on the very first day – a wise move as the initial release sold out in days.  There are just nine new homes, plus two shared equity homes, left for sale at the site.

Mr and Mrs Lewis-Smith have relocated to Norfolk from Bishop’s Stortford.  The couple, who are both recently retired have come to the county for a change of direction.

“We liked Little Melton immediately,” said Mrs Lewis-Smith, a former school teacher.  “It has one of everything – a pub, a shop, a school and so on – and yet it’s very close to all the facilities of the city.  We are looking forward to starting our new lifestyle in our new home.”

Meanwhile neighbours Mr Ramsay and Ms Triggs have downsized from a larger home in Eaton in Norwich. 

“We just couldn’t find the right house, but when we saw The Limes, we immediately knew it was right,” said Mr Ramsay, who owns an independent Jaguar specialist garage in Norwich.  “We didn’t know the village at all, but we loved the small-scale development, the good-sized plots, and the fact that the houses are energy-efficient.  And the location is really convenient for both of us.”

Welcoming the two couples to their new homes, Abel Homes managing director Paul LeGrice said, “We are not surprised that people are choosing to come and live here – Little Melton is a lovely village with all the facilities you could want, and is really conveniently located to access everything that the city has to offer.

“It’s lovely to come and meet the people who are going to live in our homes.  We have always said that our business is not about bricks and mortar, but about creating new communities, and we have started to do that in Little Melton today.”

The new homes at The Limes comprise 28 two-, three, four- and five-bedroom houses and bungalows, all of which will have the top ‘A’ rating for energy efficiency.  The new homes will include features such as photo-voltaic solar panels, triple glazing and high levels of insulation, and will also feature fibre broadband direct to each home.

As part of the development, Abel Homes will create a public open space on the site, and has also made a commitment to provide a piece of public artwork on every site where it builds homes.

The Limes, Little Melton