Berkeley DeVeer has began construction work on the £15m Woodhall View development, marking the start of the most ambitious project to date for the Wetherby-based business.

No fewer than 15 of the 22 homes being built as part of the first phase have already been reserved, ahead of a ready-to-move date on schedule for the Spring/Summer 2019.

To mark the milestone, Berkeley DeVeer has pledged once again to support Pudsey Bear and this year’s BBC Children in Need Appeal by donating £1,000 to the charity for every new reservation made between now and Christmas.

Last year, the developers from Walton, near Wetherby, handed over £7,000 thanks to a similar initiative.

Berkeley DeVeer’s managing director, Daniel Newett, said: “This is a great project for showcasing the housebuilding and design skills of our own team, as well as the growing army of local contractors and suppliers which also plays a key role. We are all delighted to have broken ground on site, and now our focus is to bring our plans to reality.

“Pudsey Bear is synonymous with the area, putting the town on the map, and lays claim to being the local community’s most famous resident.

“So it seems fitting that our programme of support for charities and good causes, especially those helping young people, should again centre on Pudsey Bear and this year’s Children in Need Appeal on Friday November 16.”

Woodhall View comprises 52 carefully-designed family home, offering a choice of three, four or five bedrooms. Prices for properties still available as part of the inaugural phase range from £263,995 to £490,000.

All are available with support from the Government’s Help-to-Buy initiative, which has already helped more than 6,500 people in West Yorkshire get on, or up, the property ladder – making the county among the top five hotspots for take-up in the UK.

“We are thrilled to have already secured reservations on almost three-quarters of the homes before building work had even begun on site – an endorsement of our approach that ensures all our homes are created to the highest quality inside and out,” added Daniel.

“Woodhall View benefits from a bespoke design so it has something for everybody, and its bullseye location means it will appeal to young and old alike, adding a new community to the increasingly popular and vibrant West Leeds area.”

Woodhall ViewSam Parish