Development arm Latimer appointed by local authorities to develop 1,000-acre site for 9,000 homes

Giant housing association Clarion has been appointed development partner for the £3bn Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community project, which is expected deliver up to 9,000 homes.

Latimer, the commercial development arm of the 125,000-home group, will act as master developer alongside house builder Mersea Homes on the joint project for Tendring District Council, Colchester Borough Council and Essex County Council.

The 1,000-acre scheme will include 30% affordable housing and have a gross development value of more than £3bn. A masterplan will be shaped over the summer and autumn following ‘extensive community and stakeholder engagement’ Clarion said.

The proposals also include a country park, commercial space, new link road, primary and secondary schools, a new transport system and improved cycling infrastructure.

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Richard Cook, group director of development at Clarion

Clarion completed 2,126 new homes in 2020/21 of which 90% were for affordable tenures.

Richard Cook, group director of development at Clarion, said: “This project presents an opportunity for us to set a new standard for the delivery of affordable and private homes, community facilities and employment opportunities whilst improving connectivity in the North Essex area.”

Clarion last month bought part of the former Boddington’s brewery site in Manchester to develop 442 homes.

Clarion’s total group turnover for the half year ending 30 September 2020 was £432 million. It has a development pipeline of 18,000 homes.