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Duke of Gloucester officially opens Lightmoor Village

Lightmoor Village
Image caption Outline planning permission was granted for Lightmoor Village in 2003 for 800 homes

The Duke of Gloucester has officially opened a Shropshire village created partly by a trust set up by chocolate manufacturer George Cadbury.

Lightmoor Village, Telford, was created with the help of Bournville Village Trust, which was founded in 1900 by the Quaker industrialist to provide a high standard of living for workers.

About 350 homes have been built and occupied in Lightmoor Village.

The duke's planned tour included going to a school and community centre.

Bournville Village was built around the Cadbury factory in Birmingham as a vision of an ideal village where residents participated in community events.

People were provided with sports, education and social amenities.

The Shropshire development has been trying to reproduce Bournville in a 21st Century setting under a scheme involving the trust and the Homes and Communities Agency.

Outline planning permission was granted for Lightmoor Village in 2003 for 800 homes which would be a mixture of owned, rented and shared-ownership.

It is hoped the remaining planned homes, about 450, will be completed and occupied by 2019 and work is due to start in the next two months.

The duke was meeting children and staff from the £3.5m Lightmoor Primary School, which opened in 2010, as part of Friday afternoon's tour.

His visit was also scheduled to include going to the Oak Tree Community Centre and the duke was also being invited to look at the £10.3m Bournville House offering specialist housing as an alternative to residential care.

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