Approval has been given to begin work on the first phase of a development which will create 4,500 new homes in Leicester.
The new development called Thorpebury includes new homes, schools, a supermarket, parks and community facilities.
The scheme also includes 13 hectares of land for employment use, two local centres with shops and services, sports facilities and open public spaces.
The development will be built on 900 acres of farmland, between Hamilton and Thurmaston. The total cost of the project is £450million and will take 15 years to complete.
There will be two main access points into the development – a southern access road that will meet the A563 at its Sandhills Avenue junction and a northern access road that will join the A607 between Thurmaston and Syston.
There are provisions for improvements to surrounding roads including speed reduction measures in Barkby and Barkby Thorpe and junction improvements at key points.
A network of cycle routes and footpaths through the development will provide links to surrounding areas such as Thurmaston and Hamilton and also allow car free movement through the development and recreational use.
The initial phase of construction will include 584 homes which will be built by David Wilson, William Davis and Davidsons.