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In recognition of Countryside’s Partnership month, which has been a popular topic across our social media networks this month, I was delighted to be asked to highlight some of Countryside’s recent successful partnerships.

Successful partnerships for successful delivery - by Richard Cherry

For more than 30 years, we have worked in partnership with housing associations, local authorities and other public and private bodies to deliver new homes in communities where people are proud to live.

We have found that partnering with other organisations is often the best way of developing complex sites which benefit from the combined experience, skills and shared resources of the partners, and also helps to bring new housing forward much more efficiently.

Within our New Homes and Communities division, we are often working closely with local authorities, whether that is during the planning process, or through the provision of new infrastructure and community facilities. On our estate regeneration projects, we also work in partnership with local authorities. This is the case at two of our current developments, East City Point in Canning Town and Kestrel Place in Slough. We also work with housing associations to provide affordable housing, the Homes and Communities Agency, and local community interest groups.

Our vibrant new 72-acre Thames riverside development, Greenwich Millennium Village, the first of the Government’s Millennium Communities, is the result of a long-standing partnership with Taylor Wimpey and the Mayor of London / GLA. Over 2,700 new homes will be developed as part of the remarkable Thames Gateway regeneration project, including a new phase of apartments to be launched this summer.

Formal joint venture partnerships are crucial to delivery for some of our larger schemes, such as the newly-launched landmark development on the north-eastern edge of Chelmsford, Beaulieu, where we are working with our joint-venture partner, L&Q, to create 3,600 new homes, and providing a wide range of community facilities, a business park, acres of open green space and extensive new transport infrastructure.  Beaulieu is a vital part of Chelmsford City Council’s vision for the growth of the city.

We are also a respected partner for our key sub-contractors, who we work with in an open, co-operative and collaborative manner, and in a spirit of mutual trust and respect. By recognising expertise and rewarding the efforts of our contractor partners, we can deliver successful projects on time and to budget.

With our combination of development and house building skills, we are in a fantastic position, alongside our development and delivery partners, to meet the challenges of housing supply with a fresh approach to designing, creating and delivering places people love.

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Richard Cherry,
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