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MY COUNTRYSIDE GRADUATE SCHEME: GUY BALMFORD

19/01/2018

I began my graduate career with Countryside in May this year, but I have known the company for some time, as I live very close to Beaulieu, the new development in Chelmsford. I began searching for graduate positions whilst on my gap year and when I discovered the Countryside scheme, I applied straight away. I have always been interested in housebuilding and inspired by the built environment, and I believe it to be a very rewarding, varied and interesting career.

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MY GRADUATE SCHEME AT COUNTRYSIDE - BY CHRISTINA COE

11/12/2017

I’m just a few weeks in to my graduate career at Countryside, and so far, it’s been great! Even the application and interview process was enjoyable.

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MY COUNTRYSIDE GRADUATE SCHEME - BY MATTHEW AIHIE

10/11/2017

I am a new member of the Countryside team, just a few weeks in to my two-year graduate programme, but it’s been a great start so far. I applied for the graduate programme when I was still at university, and because of the obvious merits and credentials of Countryside’s scheme, I put together a really strong application for it.

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IS OUR GRADUATE PROGRAMME FOR YOU? - BY VICTORIA KIDD

01/11/2017

Our Graduate Scheme first began in 1980, with our very own CEO of Partnership South, Graham Cherry, being the very first graduate to enter the programme!

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NEW COMMUNITY CENTRE FOR KINGSMERE, BICESTER - BY LIZ BALL

03/08/2017

At Countryside, we may be known for building homes, but we are also dedicated to building communities, and enhancing the developments we create by providing community facilities for the benefit of local residents.

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HOW TO EMBRACE THE DANISH CONCEPT HYGGE IN YOUR HOME - BY HEATHER HOLL

17/03/2017

The 20th March marks the International Day of Happiness where thousands of people globally will take action to create a happier world together. The Danes are leading the way and have remained consistently at the top of the polls as the happiest people on earth, despite living in very little daylight during their six-month winter. It is argued that their happiness is a direct result of hygge.

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LATEST INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2017 - BY JON PILLING OF ABODE INTERIORS

06/01/2017

With the door firmly closed on 2016, it is time to say hello to the fresh interior design trends the New Year has in store.

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HABITORIALS: HOW AN INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMME HAS SHAPED A NEW COMMUNITY - BY ANDREW CARRINGTON

16/11/2016

At Countryside, our work goes far beyond simply building outstanding new homes. We strongly believe in creating places of character and quality and encouraging neighbourhoods to thrive. We have always championed new ways to achieve this such as Habitorials.

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THE GROWING DEMAND FOR A HIGH QUALITY RENTAL HOMES SECTOR - BY GUY LAMBERT

02/11/2016

With more than nine million people in the UK living in rented homes and great potential for that number to rise, demand for high quality professionally managed rental housing is increasing. Countryside is developing its presence in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) and in the last 12 months has completed 743 such homes, predominantly in the North.

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NOW IS THE TIME TO START A CAREER IN HOUSEBUILDING - BY DANIEL HEARN

19/10/2016

With UK Construction Week underway promoting all aspects of the industry and encouraging young people to join, recent Countryside graduate Daniel Hearn explains the reasons why he thinks now is the time to start a career in the housebuilding sector.

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HEART OF ESSEX AWARDS REWARDS COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS - BY GUY LAMBERT

12/10/2016

We are delighted to have sponsored the Essex Chronicle Heart of Essex Awards again this year which celebrate and reward the inspiring community projects happening across our county.

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BUILDING FIRST CLASS CONNECTIONS: WHY INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT ARE VITAL - BY ANDREW CARRINGTON

18/08/2016

It’s not just about the location of the homes we build, or the facilities surrounding them, that we consider when striving to create ‘Places People Love’. As developers when building new or regenerated communities we also ensure we provide residents with first class connections, to and from their homes.

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WORKING WITH LONDON’S BOROUGHS TO GENERATE GROWTH, HOUSING SUPPLY AND ECONOMIC PROSPERITY - BY MICHAEL HILL

26/07/2016

I was delighted recently to welcome around 150 people to the launch of the New London Architecture’s Borough Strategies exhibition in a swelteringly hot central London. This was the first event in a programme called the Borough Strand, of which Countryside is one of two Principal Supporters, and which has the objective of promoting ideas and best practice across London’s 33 Boroughs.

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SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIPS PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN PLACEMAKING - BY MIKE GOULDING OF THE HCA

21/07/2016

 Building good partnerships with developers is essential in helping the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) ensure delivery of new homes across the country. This was fully demonstrated with our successful long-term working relationship with Countryside when the Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Patricia Hughes recently came to visit St Luke’s Park in Runwell, Essex.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF CREATING SCHOOL PLACES AT NEW DEVELOPMENTS - BY ANDREW CARRINGTON

16/06/2016

According to official admissions figures released earlier this week, roughly one in six children in England did not get their first choice of secondary school. Behind the national average there were wide regional differences, with the lowest likelihood of getting a first place choice in London where only 68.8% of families received their first secondary school choice.

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THE COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE THAT ALLOWS COMMUNITIES TO GROW AND THRIVE - BY ANDREW CARRINGTON

05/05/2016

Often many house buyers consider the location to be of utmost importance when it comes to purchasing their next property. But a new home provides more than a place to make a base. It’s also about finding somewhere that gives you the lifestyle you want.

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PEDAL POWER FOR THE J’S HOSPICE - BY ANDREW DAY

04/05/2016

On Sunday 1st May, Admirals Park in Chelmsford was a sea of bicycles, cycling helmets and lycra, as Team Beaulieu got on their bikes to take part in the annual Pedal for The J’s bike ride.

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ARE LOCAL AUTHORITIES FACING A PERFECT STORM OR JUST SOME ROUGH WEATHER? - BY MICHAEL HILL

19/04/2016

Local authorities have now been under severe financial pressure for several years as a result of a continuing reduction in the level of central government grant support.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF CREATING HABITAT ‘HAVENS’ FOR WILDLIFE - BY ANDREW CARRINGTON

12/04/2016

Natural England, a government body in charge of protecting wildlife, is drafting proposals on how developers such as Countryside deal with protected species on and near their developments.

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COUNTRYSIDE’S SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2015: PLACE MAKING & GROWTH - BY ANDREW DAY

05/04/2016

Countryside’s commitment to place making and sustainable development is very important to us as we strive to create ‘Places People Love’. Whether we are regenerating existing neighbourhoods or creating new homes and communities, we develop places that are socially inclusive and have lower environmental impacts.

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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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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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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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WHY LOCAL AUTHORITY FUNDING REDUCTIONS ARE AN OPPORTUNITY - BLOG BY MICHAEL HILL

16/02/2016

The Local Government Association has recently warned that funding reductions will be challenging for councils over the next four years given that Revenue Support Grant is being reduced by Government by 28%.

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A FURTHER BOOST FOR ESTATE REGENERATION - BLOG BY MICHAEL HILL

13/01/2016

The Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday of a new initiative to transform 100 of the country’s most run-down local authority housing estates gave a further boost to estate regeneration following the Autumn Spending Review announcement of £2.3 billion of loans to help regenerate large council estates and will further assist with affordability.

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WHAT EFFECT WILL THE AUTUMN SPENDING REVIEW HAVE ON REGENERATION AND PARTNERSHIPS? - BY MICHAEL HILL

03/12/2015

The Chancellor’s Autumn Spending Review contained a great deal that is of interest to us and it is generally very supportive of our efforts to increase housebuilding activity and to work with local authorities to meet their housing challenges.

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CAN WE DELIVER THE GOVERNMENT’S AMBITION FOR NEW HOMES? - BY MIKE LAMBERT

26/11/2015

The scale of the challenge has been well rehearsed over the last few years and I cannot recall a time in my working life when housing has been such a political priority, as re-emphasised by the Autumn Statement. Yet our ability to meet the challenge of delivering 1 million new homes in the lifetime of this Parliament remains uncertain.

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WE NEED MORE HOMES – WHO WILL DELIVER? THE ALAN CHERRY DEBATE AND AWARD FOR PLACEMAKING 2015 - BY RICHARD CHERRY

16/11/2015

Now a firm fixture in the annual property events calendar, this year’s Alan Cherry Debate at the RICS in London, discussed what must surely be hottest topic in property sector; “We need more homes - who will deliver them, when and where?”

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UK CONSTRUCTION WEEK 2015: SKILL BUILDING LEADS TO BETTER HOUSE BUILDING - BY GRAHAM CHERRY

06/10/2015

As the industry gathers to celebrate this year’s UK Construction Week (6 – 11 October), the achievements of the sector remains somewhat overshadowed by the skills shortage. As housebuilding production levels continue to improve, the demand for a more skilled and diverse workforce is increasing.

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THE ART NAVIGATOR - BY ALISON TURNBALL

26/08/2015

Public Art is often the glue that begins to knit the existing and the new communities together, and the powerful elements that give a new neighbourhood its distinctive character – clearly something which housebuilders, including Countryside, are recognising. Increasingly, there is research evidence demonstrating the significant benefits to well-being, to long-term effects of modernisation and distinctiveness that well-conceived public art projects can achieve with community engagement.

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HEART OF ESSEX AWARD WINNERS CROWNED - BY GUY LAMBERT

12/08/2015

As part of our on-going commitment to working with organisations and charities in our local area, this year we were delighted to sponsor the Essex Chronicle Group’s Heart of Essex awards which celebrate the vital work of voluntary networks. The aim is to reward unsung heroes of our community - the charities, organisations, clubs and not-for-profit groups who often struggle for funds and publicity to raise their profiles.

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THE REAL TEST OF WHETHER A NEW COMMUNITY IS SUSTAINABLE - BY GRAHAM CHERRY

04/08/2015

There is so much talk about sustainable communities but the real test of whether a new place is sustainable is to visit it 10, 20 or more years after the diggers have moved out. Has it been a sustained success and become a place of character and quality where people feel a sense of belonging? Has it flourished as the community has developed, the setting matured and its reputation prospered?

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HM TREASURY TAKES ON PLANNING ROLE - BY MIKE LAMBERT

30/07/2015

HM Treasury's Productivity Plan states clearly that housing is a national priority, and outlines a further set of measures it believes will help boost the supply of land for housing. However, whilst positive, planning for the country's housing needs remains reliant on the cornerstone of the last Government's 'Localism' agenda.

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FACILITATING REGENERATED COMMUNITIES - BY RICHARD CHERRY

28/07/2015

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.

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L&Q AND COUNTRYSIDE - A WINNING COMBINATION - BY ADAM SIMPSON

17/07/2015

L&Q is working as a joint venture partner on a number of developments with Countryside so I was delighted to be asked to take part in July’s ‘Creating Places and Communities’ campaign and have the opportunity to share our collaborative experience.

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SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL DELIVERY - BY RICHARD CHERRY

30/06/2015

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.

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EXTENDING RIGHT TO BUY TO THE HOUSING ASSOCIATION SECTOR - AN UNFORESEEN CONSEQUENCE? - BY MICHAEL HILL

16/06/2015

Much of the recent debate about the Government’s proposal to extend the Right to Buy to Housing Association tenants has revolved around the potentially adverse impact on Housing Associations’ ability to raise private finance, a very serious issue given that they are now almost totally dependent on private finance as opposed to public grants.

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FAMILY OF DEER MAKE A WELCOME RETURN TO BEAULIEU - BY RICHARD CHERRY

05/06/2015

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.

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WHAT CONTRIBUTION CAN THE PRIVATE SECTOR MAKE TO DELIVERING THE NEW HOMES LONDON NEEDS? - BY MICHAEL HILL

02/06/2015

In my last blog (on 13.05.15) I suggested that a much greater percentage of London’s future housing supply would need to come from the redevelopment of public sector assets as opposed to the one-off development of brownfield sites. I also said that in the interests of fairness I would consider whether the private sector was doing its 'fair share.’

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A CAREER IN HOUSEBUILDING: AS SAFE AS HOUSES - BY GRAHAM CHERRY

27/05/2015

Countryside is particularly proud of its reputation as a responsible and engaging employer, and of our contribution to helping train and develop the skills of both the current and future house building workforce. This is evidenced by our industry-leading 15 years of Investors in People accreditation, and our commitment to rewarding, training and developing talent within the organisation and beyond.

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AT YOUR SERVICE: CONCIERGE SERVICES AT GREENWICH MILLENNIUM VILLAGE - BY BILL CLARKE

21/05/2015

The job of a concierge is essentially to make residents at a development feel looked after, make their lives easier and ensure they are getting value for money from the service charges that they pay.

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APPRENTICESHIPS CAREERS ON FIRM FOUNDATIONS - BY PAUL SWEENEY

19/05/2015

Construction skills are the lifeblood of the housebuilding industry and quality apprenticeship programmes are vital to ensure these skills remain a valuable asset.

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WHY WE NEED TO LOOK AT THE ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR ESTATE TO GENERATE NEW HOMES IN LONDON - BY MICHAEL HILL

13/05/2015

Now that the General Election is over we can concentrate on the biggest single problem in London, i.e. the shortage of affordable housing. And, when a recent survey has calculated that a first time buyer now needs a salary of no less than £77,000 to buy a new home in London, it is clear that affordable needs to be very widely defined!

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WHAT REALLY MAKES A PLACE PEOPLE LOVE? - BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

30/04/2015

We understand there is more to a home than bricks and mortar, however achieving the perfect balance between practical needs and emotive desires can make choosing your next place to live difficult.

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HARD-WORKING DESIGN ALL IN A DAY'S WORK - BY ALISON BROOKS

31/03/2015

Working with Countryside and L&Q on two of their major London regeneration schemes I was delighted to be asked to take part in the March ‘Design Month’ campaign and for the opportunity to describe the vision for our most recent collaboration, Brook Valley Gardens.

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A DESIGNER FOR LIFE - WHAT IT TAKES TO DESIGN COUNTRYSIDE'S NEW HOMES AND PLACES - BY DAVE DEVRIES

26/03/2015

In recognition of Countryside’s Design Month, which has been a popular topic across our social media networks throughout March, I was delighted to be asked to provide some insight into what goes into designing a Countryside development. Having created masterplans and concept designs for a significant number of our regeneration and new homes schemes over the last twenty years, I’d like to think I know a thing or two about how to design and create places and homes that people love!

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YOUNG APPRENTICES LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS FOR A SOLID CAREER - BY RICHARD CHERRY

10/03/2015

National Apprenticeship Week (9 - 13 March) is a great opportunity to celebrate the positive impact apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy, and the importance of training the country’s future workforce – something that we recognise.

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MEET THE WOMEN IN HARD HATS WORKING HARD IN HOUSE BUILDING - BY GRAHAM CHERRY

05/03/2015

At Countryside, we are as passionate about our people as we are about our homes and places we create. We are proud, and lucky, to have an incredibly talented and diverse team that is committed to creating the very best places to live.

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COUNTRYSIDE GROWTH BRINGS SUBSTANTIAL ESSEX INVESTMENT - BY GRAHAM CHERRY

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.

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KNOCK IT DOWN OR DO IT UP? - BY MICHAEL HILL

19/02/2015

The London Assembly has just produced a report entitled ‘Knock it down or do it up?’ which aims to improve the process of regenerating local authority and housing association owned housing estates.

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WHAT'S THE ROLE OF PUBLIC ART IN PLACE MAKING? - BY ANDREW CARRINGTON

11/02/2015

At Countryside we have been incorporating public art into our developments for more than 20 years, particularly at large sites such as Great Kneighton in Cambridge and Beaulieu in Chelmsford, where we are building complete new neighbourhoods.

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WHY WE NEED REFORM OF THE GREEN BELT IN LONDON AND THE SOUTH EAST - BY MIKE LAMBERT

20/01/2015

Recent reports by the London Society and the Adam Smith Institute demonstrate there is clearly growing evidence that a comprehensive review of the purpose and role of the Green Belt in London and the South East is required. London simply cannot meet its housing targets without it.

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FINDING THE RIGHT LAND FOR DEVELOPMENT BY NICK JACKSON OF MILLGATE

10/12/2014

Millgate's approach to land buying can be defined by good land acquisitions attained through submitting appropriate planning applications. If a location isn’t quite right, a site won’t work so we are very thorough with our research and take the time to establish exactly what is required for an area – in actual fact we reject many more sites than we accept.

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THE HOUSING MARKET IN 2015 - A PAUSE FOR BREATH - BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

01/12/2014

As a nation we are obsessed with house prices and at the end of each year we try to judge what will happen to the housing market in the year to come.

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WHAT ARE THE PROSPECTS FOR DELIVERING ESTATE RENEWAL? - BY MICHAEL HILL

12/11/2014

The Future of London’s Delivering Estate Renewal conference, which was held last Thursday (November 6th) and which we were delighted to sponsor, proved to be a very successful and stimulating day.

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WHY THE GLA’S LONDON HOUSING BANK SHOULD BE WELCOMED - BY MICHAEL HILL

15/10/2014

A brisk start to this week; I was invited by the GLA to give the developer perspective at a consultation event at City Hall early on Monday morning on the London Housing Bank (LHB).

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WHY WE MUST JUDGE REGENERATION SCHEMES IN THE MEDIUM AND LONG-TERM - BY MICHAEL HILL

24/09/2014

Last week I took advantage of the glorious late September sunshine to walk around North Peckham, and more specifically an area formerly known as the Five Estates, to see how the transformational work that we did with Southwark Council and our partners, including Hyde Housing, under the Peckham Partnership between 1994 and 2008 was standing the test of time.

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WHY WE ARE STILL JUST TINKERING WITH THE PLANNING SYSTEM - BY MIKE LAMBERT

04/09/2014

The Government’s consultation on a number of changes to the planning system is welcome recognition from them that there is still a problem with planning.

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GO AHEAD FOR FIRST NEW HOMES AT BEAULIEU - BY GRAHAM CHERRY

14/08/2014

Beaulieu in Chelmsford is the largest strategic site we have ever developed and we are very pleased to have recently been granted planning permission for the first phase of new homes there.

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SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF OUR ‘TOUR DE SITES’ CHARITY CYCLE EVENT - BY GRAHAM CHERRY

03/07/2014

Last Saturday morning I joined 21 other Countryside staff and guests on our first ever ‘Tour de Sites’ charity cycling event – our very own mini Tour de France! Kitted out in our branded cycling gear we took to the roads, cycling 92km along part of the Tour de France route passing several of Countryside’s new and existing developments from Cambridge through to Chelmsford.

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WE BUILD HOMES NOT CARS - BY MICHAEL HILL

01/07/2014

I attended a seminar on improving efficiency and delivery in housing at the CIH conference in Manchester last week. For a conference that started at 9.30am and which followed a very late dinner, my spirits were actually pleasantly high. However, they soon sank very quickly. The reason? Analogies were being made between the UK house building industry and the worldwide car manufacturing industry. Oh dear!

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WHY I JOINED COUNTRYSIDE AND MY VIEWS ON THE HOUSING MARKET AND THE ELECTION EFFECT - BY DAVID HOWELL

24/06/2014

David Howell recently joined Countryside as an Independent non-Executive Director after 10 years in a similar role for Berkeley Homes. Here, he gives us an insight to why he joined Countryside, his views on the housing market and the effect the election could have on it and how his role can assist Countryside’s growth plan.

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WHY WE SHOULD WELCOME THE HOUSING ZONES - BY MICHAEL HILL

19/06/2014

The announcement last week (June 13) by the Chancellor and Mayor of London that 20 Housing Zones would be created in London, with a further 10 in the rest of the country, was very welcome, particularly as it doubles the number of Zones previously announced for London.

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A CLEAN SWEEP OF AWARDS AT CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW! - BY GRAHAM CHERRY

27/05/2014

We were absolutely delighted to be awarded a Gold Medal and Best Fresh Garden for our ‘Mind’s Eye Garden’ in partnership with RNIB at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last week and then late on Friday we received the full sweep of awards when the garden won the BBC / RHS People’s Choice award in the Fresh Garden category! For everyone involved, the whole Chelsea experience has been fantastic.

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WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES IN INCREASING HOUSING OUTPUT? – PART 2, BY RICHARD CHERRY

27/05/2014

In the second part of this blog post I will look at the vital roles that the private rented sector, planning and land supply play in new housing supply and how they can be improved.

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WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES IN INCREASING HOUSING OUTPUT? - PART 1, BY RICHARD CHERRY

22/05/2014

I spoke recently at the Alan Cherry Debate about what house builders can do directly by themselves, and in partnership with the public sector, to improve the short and long-term supply of new homes.

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HOW WE CAN INCREASE THE SUPPLY OF HOMES IN LONDON - BY MICHAEL HILL

21/05/2014

The biggest single challenge facing London today is how to increase housing supply, particularly homes that are affordable to the majority of Londoners.

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SHARE OUR PASSION FOR GARDENS AND LANDSCAPE AT CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW - BY DAVE FOUNTAIN

14/05/2014

Countryside is the proud sponsor of one of the Fresh Gardens at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The RNIB/Countryside ‘Mind’s Eye Garden’ is a modern sensory garden, inspired by a joint scheme between Countryside and RNIB to redevelop the existing RNIB Community Living Service facilities at Redhill, Surrey. We are delighted to be partnering RNIB to provide them with a platform to promote this fantastic charity.

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HOW PARTNERSHIPS ARE OFTEN THE BEST WAY OF DEVELOPING COMPLEX SITES - BY IAN SUTCLIFFE

24/04/2014

Together with our partners, Liberty Property Trust, we were recently awarded the coveted ‘Place Making’ award in the Property Awards for the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

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COUNTRYSIDE THE PLACEMAKER: INTRODUCING A STRONGER, RE-ENERGISED BRAND - BY IAN SUTCLIFFE

09/04/2014

You may have noticed that we have recently unveiled a new corporate brand identity and we are now simply called Countryside rather than Countryside Properties.

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THE THREE CLEAR MESSAGES FROM MIPIM AND THE BUDGET OF NO SURPRISES - BY MICHAEL HILL

20/03/2014

Richard Cherry, Ian Simpson and I joined around 20,000 other delegates at MIPIM last week in what proved to be an extremely useful, interesting, but tiring few days.

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A HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND REGENERATION? - BY MICHAEL HILL

07/01/2014

What are the prospects for the delivery of new, affordable homes and housing regeneration? Two publications late last year have very significant implications for those of us working in London and the South East and provide grounds for optimism.

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