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COUNTRYSIDE GROWTH BRINGS SUBSTANTIAL ESSEX INVESTMENT - BY GRAHAM CHERRY

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26/02/2015

 

2015 is shaping up to be a landmark year for Countryside, especially for our operations within Essex, where we have always had our headquarters. We are set to make a major return to our Essex heartland by launching six new developments in the county in 2015, including the much anticipated Beaulieu in Chelmsford.

Countryside growth brings substantial Essex investment - By Graham Cherry

Beaulieu is the largest scheme we have ever developed with 3,600 high quality new homes, along with outstanding amenities, infrastructure and landscape. The first phase of new homes will be released for sale early this Summer. We haven’t delivered such a significant scheme in Essex since Great Notley Garden Village in Braintree, which is now well established as a highly successful and sustainable community.  Beaulieu was the brainchild of my father Alan Cherry, but it is very much about looking to the future – Beaulieu will form a new blueprint for the way we develop our projects, setting the standards in community-led place making.

Other locations in Essex where we will be launching new developments include Runwell, Chigwell, Rayleigh and Radwinter while homes at a new site in Takeley (see image above of Friar's Place) have already been unveiled.

This is a very exciting time for the Group thanks to our recent and projected growth. Our New Homes & Communities division has grown significantly since it was set up in 2010 and added to its significant land bank during 2014 with 18 new sites that have the potential to accommodate 2,300 new homes. Over the next five years, the division is forecast to grow significantly. To support this growth, we have recently restructured, splitting the New Homes & Community division into three housebuilding regions - Central, East and South, as well as a Strategic Land operation.

Of the newly created regions, the Central Region will cover the area north of the River Thames, excluding Essex, and will also be responsible for setting and safeguarding policies, systems and procedures across all of the division’s housebuilding operations. Tony Travers is Managing Director of the Central Region. The Eastern Region covers Essex and Chris Bladon has been appointed as Managing Director to head up this part of the business. Iain McPherson joined Countryside in September as Managing Director of the Southern Region to expand operations south of the River Thames in particular in Kent, Sussex and Surrey, while the Strategic Land operation will be headed up by Managing Director, Andrew Carrington. I will continue to lead the New Homes & Communities division.

The company restructure has put us in the best possible position to manage the next period of our growth. We have a superb land bank in terms of its size, quality and planning status, an excellent forward sales position and a very sound financial base. With the quality and commitment of our people, this gives us a terrific platform to continue to grow the company in the future.

Graham Cherry, Chief Executive, New Homes & Communities


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