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This week we reached a significant milestone on our highly-anticipated Beaulieu development, with the vision of my father and founder of the company, Alan Cherry, coming to fruition. Countryside and our joint-venture partners L&Q were delighted to host Chelmsford’s Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Leader of the Council, local councillors and planning principals to Beaulieu, showing them the fantastic progress we have made, and sharing our vision for the development.

Family of deer make a welcome return to Beaulieu - By Richard Cherry

We also invited the principal guests to unveil the development’s inaugural public arts piece, which is a prominent and fitting waymarker for the entrance to Beaulieu.  As Countryside evolves as a company, Beaulieu, has given us a new blueprint for the way we plan, develop and deliver our projects, setting the standard in community-led place making, and enabling us to create places people love.

Once the site of King Henry VIII’s Tudor palace and deer park, Beaulieu’s striking new sculpture, by artist Jane Ackroyd, comprises a stag and a pair of doe, representing a family group, cut from corten steel. The unveiling followed a briefing and tour of the site including the show homes, to highlight the progress of the development, ahead of the first phase of homes coming to market later this month. The sculptures were created as part of this first phase of Beaulieu, which will also include a neighbourhood centre providing shops, community and healthcare facilities.

It was pleasing that during the visit Councillor Paul Hutchinson, Mayor of Chelmsford, commented that he was, “delighted to see first-hand the tremendous progress at Beaulieu, and I am looking forward to seeing the development come to life as residents start to move in. As the largest new residential scheme in Chelmsford, Beaulieu will provide extensive facilities which the community will benefit them  for many years to come - the family of deer, standing proud in such a prominent position, is most certainly befitting for Beaulieu’s heritage and it’s encouraging future.”

Envisaged as a sustainable modern urban extension for Chelmsford, Beaulieu will comprise a mix of traditional and contemporary new homes to help meet the needs of the City’s growing population, set around the majestic backdrop of New Hall and its estate parkland. A wide range of facilities will be provided including two new primary schools and a secondary school; community, health, sport and retail amenities together with an extensive network of parkland and green open spaces.

The first collection of 49 homes designed in a colonial style, is due to be launched later this month, offering 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes and a further phase of contemporary style homes will be launching in 2016, offering 1 and 2 bedroom apartments through to 5 bedroom houses.

To register your interest in the new homes at Beaulieu, visit www.beaulieu.uk.com

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