A new 13-acre housing development is set to be built in Windsor with a host recreational spaces for thriving wildlife.

The Windsor Gate development, located close to the marina and less than three miles from the heart of the town centre will boost 135 energy-efficient homes.

This includes 117 houses and 18 apartments - 54 of which are considered ‘affordable housing’.

Nicholas Daruwalla, Land Director at Crest Nicholson South, comments: “We are pleased to have been granted planning permission to deliver much needed new homes in Windsor. The planning approval will enable us to provide a collection of new homes that meet local demand, and to continue our delivery of high-quality homes in sought after locations across the region.

“As well as delivering much needed new homes and affordable housing, we are committed to creating sustainable communities, where residents benefit from access to greenspace and important amenities on their doorsteps, such as play areas.”

The greenspaces and recreational areas are described as being a ‘haven for wildlife, including a wildflower meadow, 10 bee homes, and hedgehog highways.

To cater for families, the local housebuilder Crest Nicholson has included community allotments, three play areas and further informal play spaces within the green spaces.

Mark Kershaw, Group Head of Sustainability at Crest Nicholson, adds: “In line with our commitment to sustainability, we aim to make Windsor Gate a sustainable development for future generations. With a strong focus on community wellbeing, landscaped areas will provide recreational space while delivering a 14% biodiversity net gain. Carbon emissions from the use of the homes will be 76% lower than 2013 building regulations, supporting our customers to live a lower carbon lifestyle and contributing towards our target to be net zero across our value chain by 2045.”

Philip Allin, Director at Boyer Planning, adds: “We are really pleased to have worked closely with both Crest Nicholson and planning officers at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council to achieve a positive outcome. We are sure that Windsor Gate will be a high-quality development, and one that will deliver on the aims and objectives of the Local Plan site allocation.”