Countryside’s partnerships business wins latest regen contract

Housebuilder Countryside has been selected by Bracknell Forest Council as joint venture partner for the latest 400-home phase of its town centre regeneration plans.

Bracknell Countryside Market Street concept design

The partnership will focus initially on the redevelopment of three council-owned sites at Market Street (pictured, left), Jubilee Gardens and Coopers Hill with the potential for 400 homes. Countryside will also support the masterplanning and delivery of other residential, community, employment, leisure and open space development in the town centre.

Countryside is aiming to submit its first planning applications for the schemes in early 2021, in order to start construction later next year. Under its agreement with Bracknell Forest, 35% of the 400 homes will be affordable.

Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker, executive member for economic development and regeneration at Bracknell Forest, said the council was looking forward to working closely with Countryside to “turn our aspirations in to reality”.

The news came as modular housebuilder Ilke Homes signed a deal with developer Crea8ive Sustainable Homes to develop and build out a 76-home site in Evesham, Worcestershire. The factory-built homes will have 10% of their energy generated by renewable sources.

Ilke Homes

Ilke’s homes are delivered to site pre-made and craned into place

Under the deal, Ilke will acquire and develop a five-acre former hospital site on King’s Road in the town that has lain vacant since 2018. Ilke plans to submit a planning application “imminently”, in advance of start on site, subject to consent, in February.

The deal is Ilke’s fourth in the past month, following contracts with Orbit Homes, Network Rail and Vistry. The deals have come after the firm started redundancy consultation with some staff in June in the wake of a “slow” market following the covid-19 lockdown.