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The heart of what we aim to do as a business is to create ‘Places People Love’, but what goes into developing a successful regenerated community? It is not just about building bricks and mortar, there is a lot more to re-establishing a place where people want to live.

Facilitating regenerated communities - by Richard Cherry

Countryside has a strong track record of working on large and complex regeneration schemes where it is exciting to see real changes taking place and strong new communities emerging. In addition to building high quality new homes that suit the needs and lifestyles of their occupants, it is about investing in the things that people value in their every day lives, whether that is schools, sports facilities, green spaces, community initiatives and helping to set-up resident associations. It is also about excellent design that gives a development its individual character and identity, while integrating with the surrounding area. These are the building blocks for creating a place where people feel a real sense of belonging and pride.

East City Point in Canning Town, East London is a good example of what it means to facilitate a regenerated community. This £98 million scheme will include 649 mixed-tenure new homes, and with around half of these now complete, there is already a strong sense of optimism among those who live there. We were chosen by Newham Council to deliver the first residential redevelopment for Canning Town and Custom House, so the scheme sets an important benchmark for the revitalisation of the wider area as the video below highlights.

Partnerships are fundamental in any new community - our excellent working relationship with Newham Council and Affinity Sutton housing association has been key to the scheme’s success, as Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales said: “Sharing the vision is so important”. The views of residents have been one of the most important guiding factors - we have listened closely what they wanted and what was important to them. Many of the existing residents have lived in Canning Town for most of their lives and all of those who wanted to move back have been able to and have welcomed the changes.

The cornerstone of East City Point is the new primary school we have built. We invested £7.4million in a purpose built facility for the Keir Hardie Primary School, which opened ahead of schedule in May 2014. It was designed to be at the heart of the community with housing set around it and children and staff have been involved throughout the development process. It is a place that people feel secure and parents are welcome. Headteacher Violet Otieno says: “Now we have a fantastic aspirational building and we’ve seen the change in the children. It is an amazing change. The kids deserve it – I am excited for Canning Town.”

It is fantastic to witness the upbeat buzz there is about the place now – residents enjoy living in the well-designed new homes, children are being educated in the new primary school in an enjoyable environment, there is a heart to the place and a real community, which is what we set out to achieve.

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Richard Cherry,
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Here you’ll find property related blog articles from the team at Countryside as well as independent experts. Expect regular tips and advice on topics such as buying a new home, interior and landscape design, setting up home, mortgages and finance, plus articles on architecture, the property market, regeneration and more.

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