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New homes development is in a “class of its own”

Construction work has begun to transform one of Wakefield’s oldest schools into a boutique £2.5m collection of new homes.

As Yorkshire developers Berkeley DeVeer moved onto the site of the former Walton Junior School, it marked the milestone with a “ground-breaking” ceremony.

It is now ten years since the century-old school closed its gates for the final time – but now a new chapter is being written in village history.

After standing idle since then, with pupils transferred to the purpose-built Walton Academy nearby, the derelict site on School Lane is being propelled into a new era by Berkeley DeVeer.

Known as Chatsworth Court, this is the independent developer’s inaugural project in Wakefield. It features eight four-bedroom, three-storey properties, each with a raft of eco-friendly features.

Five of the eight have already been reserved off-plan – another clear signal of Walton’s growing appeal among homebuyers – with just three remaining, with prices ranging from £310,000 to £325,000.

They are all eligible for Help to Buy financial support to give buyers a leg on or up the property ladder.

With all the features supplied by household names such as Villeroy & Boch, Magnet, Hansgrohe, Hammonds, Valiant and AEG, each of detached properties also benefits from underfloor heating to the ground floor, ensuring nobody will get any cold feet after moving in.

Properties also feature Hive controlled heating, allowing buyers to set the temperature of their property, whether they are home or away.

Wetherby-based Berkeley DeVeer managing director, Daniel Newett, said: “Chatsworth Court is the perfect location for those wanting modern, contemporary living with a slice of traditional village life.

“All of our homes are carefully designed and constructed to ensure they meet the highest efficiency standards. A Berkeley DeVeer home is 65 per cent more energy efficient than a Victorian home of the same style, with airtight doors, insulated roofs and special double-glazing keeping the warmth in and the cold out.

“And it isn’t just the planet you are saving, a BDV home can save up to 57 per cent – or £1,410 per year – in energy spend compared with a similar Victorian property.”

He added: “We may be a new name in Wakefield, but we bring to this sought-after area of Walton a proven track record of more than 25 years’ expertise, during which time we have achieved the milestone of building over 1,000 properties.

“Chatsworth Court’s location makes it an ideal development for both families and commuters, providing countryside living, great local education facilities, enviable transport links, and amenities aplenty with Wakefield city centre within ten minutes’ drive.

“It is the ideal launch pad for creating our next 1,000 homes.”

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