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MARCH 2016

IT’S ALL ABOUT LOCATION AT ELYSIAN FIELDS

01/04/2016

With property prices in London increasing by 9.4% over the past year according to recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)[1] and transport links outside of London improving, homebuyers are looking for more house for their money away from the capital’s property bubble. These savvy house hunters should look no further than Elysian Fields, the final phase of homes by Countryside at Wickhurst Green, near the market town of Horsham.

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Corporate blog

CREATING OUTDOOR SPACES FOR BETTER HEALTH - BY ANDREW CARRINGTON

31/03/2016

Although it may not always seem like it Spring is finally with us, so now is a great time to get out into the fresh air. A variety of research funded by the Government, highlights the significance of visiting green, open spaces and the effects they have on improving people’s mental and physical health.

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MIPIM 2016 – WHAT WE LEARNED FOR PARTNERSHIP BASED REGENERATION - BY MICHAEL HILL

24/03/2016

I have recently returned from the 2016 MIPIM Conference in Cannes with my colleagues Richard Cherry, Ian Simpson and Davinia Venton. MIPIM bills itself as ‘the world’s property market’ and with 23,500 attendees from around 90 countries it was busier than ever. MIPIM is a unique opportunity for the global property industry to gather away from the normal business environment.

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New Homes blog

10 SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE WAYS TO TRANSFORM YOUR HOME THIS EASTER - BY JAMIE WOODROW

23/03/2016

Although DIY may not be everyone’s favourite task, the Easter weekend provides the perfect opportunity for a little spruce up here and there around the house. There are ways in which you can embrace the spring and add some more colour and light into your home without taking too much relaxation time out of the upcoming Bank Holiday.

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GO AHEAD FOR EXCITING NEW EXERCISE AND PLAY FACILITIES AT GREAT KNEIGHTON COUNTRY PARK

22/03/2016

Plans for the second phase of the 120-acre Country Park at the multi award-winning Great Kneighton development in Trumpington have been approved by Cambridge City Council. Countryside’s plans include a skate park, children’s play area, and 1km trim trail, with public art integrated into the design as an integral part of one of the most ambitious public arts programmes in the UK.

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COUNTRYSIDE AND HYDE SELECTED FOR £400M ROCHESTER RIVERSIDE REGENERATION

21/03/2016

Countryside and The Hyde Group have been selected by Medway Council and the Homes and Communities Agency to turn the regeneration plans for a new community at Rochester Riverside into reality. Around 1,300 new homes, of which 25 per cent will be affordable housing, will transform the 74 acre (30 hectare) site which adjoins Rochester’s historic town centre and the new railway station.

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THE GRASS IS GREENER AT KINGS PARK

21/03/2016

London is one of the greenest cities in the world with 35,000 acres of public green space equivalent to almost 40% of its surface area(1). Surrounded by a wealth of woodland and parks, and with open spaces covering more than half of the borough, award-winning developer, Countryside, is proud to unveil the latest phase at its Kings Park development in Harold Wood, Havering.

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LAST CHANCE TO TAKE THE RIGHT LANE OF INVESTMENT WITH COUNTRYSIDE

17/03/2016

House prices rose by £9 an hour in 2015(1) and according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the property market in the South East will continue to surge, with prices expected to rise by five per cent a year for the next five years(2).

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BEAULIEU SQUARE WELCOMES BRIGHT HORIZONS NURSERY

17/03/2016

Award-winning developers Countryside and L&Q are pleased to welcome leading nursery provider, Bright Horizons to Beaulieu Square, at the heart of its new development on the outskirts of Chelmsford, to provide a brand new day nursery for local families moving to Beaulieu.

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CREATING BETTER PLACES TO LIVE ADDS SUBSTANTIAL VALUE - BY ANDREW CARRINGTON

17/03/2016

Good place making can add substantial value to homes, according to new research by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The ‘Placemaking and Value’ report found that the key item for people is the concept of ‘neighbourhood’ with proximity to local facilities and shops also ranked highly.

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VILLAGE LIVING WITH EXTRA SPACE FOR MULTI-GENERATIONS

16/03/2016

As house prices soar, homes with an annexe or self-contained guest space are becoming increasingly popular as buyers look for more space to accommodate their elderly family members or the ‘boomerang generation’ returning home to live with their parents.

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APPRENTICES BUILD ON EXPERIENCE FOR NEW CAREERS IN CONSTRUCTION - BY PAUL SWEENEY

14/03/2016

This year, as part of National Apprenticeship Week (14 – 18 March) the Government is advocating that employers “pass the torch” of knowledge from one generation onto the next. Countryside remains an enthusiastic supporter of apprenticeships, boosting much-needed skills and leading people on to successful careers in the construction sector.

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LONDON HOUSING COMMISSION: FINDING EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS TO LONDON’S HOUSING CRISIS - BY MICHAEL HILL

09/03/2016

I was invited on Monday to the launch of the London Housing Commission's keenly awaited final report, 'Building a new deal for London'. The report was presented by the Commission's Chair, Lord Kerslake and was followed by speeches from three of the candidates for Mayor of London - Zac Goldsmith, Sadiq Khan and Caroline Pidgeon.

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CELEBRATING WOMEN IN THE HOUSEBUILDING INDUSTRY - BY GUY LAMBERT

08/03/2016

House building is traditionally a male-dominated sector but here at Countryside, we have more female employees than ever. To mark International Women’s Day today, here we highlight the growing role that women play in the industry.

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New Homes blog

EIGHT WAYS TO PREPARE YOUR GARDEN FOR SPRING/SUMMER - BLOG BY MATT REYNOLDS

03/03/2016

It’s safe to say that there is one thing that is looking forward to warmer weather even more than you are…..your garden has been freezing and bare for the past four months and it’s time to finally give it some TLC.

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COUNTRYSIDE AND NETWORK SELECTED TO REDEVELOP KEY HOUNSLOW SITE

01/03/2016

Countryside, together with Network Housing Group, has been selected by Hounslow Council to redevelop Hounslow Town Primary School, a key site in the regeneration of the town centre.

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