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Development roundup – homes for the homeless and new phases begin

In this week's development roundup, Property Investor Today looks at a new ambitious scheme that will see rough sleepers in Basildon find appropriate places to stay in the form of modular homes. Meanwhile, phase 2 kicks off at the Sudbrooke scheme in Lincoln, as well as a new phase at Springfield Place in Tooting.

Green light for 16 new homes for rough sleepers in Basildon

A former adult learning facility in Basildon will be converted into 10 homes for rough sleepers, with a further six self-contained SoloHaus MMC homes installed on-site.


The Hill Group has gifted the modular homes which, together with the conversion, will result in 60% of Basildon’s homeless being able to live in safe, secure homes and no longer living on the streets.

Planning permission was granted by Basildon Council’s Planning Committee on Wednesday January 26 for the former ITEC site in Burnt Mills Road, Basildon.

The new development will act as a follow-on accommodation specifically for Basildon residents who have found themselves experiencing periods of homelessness. Residents will live in the homes for a maximum of three years, and some will stay for a minimum of six months on an assured shorthold tenancy.


The scheme, which will have office space for support workers, council staff and supporting agencies, has been funded through the Rough Sleeping Accommodation Program (RSAP) from the DLUHC (Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities).

The six modular units, known as SoloHaus, have been gifted by The Hill Group as part of their commitment to providing 200 homes over the next five years. They will provide safe, comfortable, sustainable homes for single people experiencing periods of homelessness.

The 10 one-bed homes inside the building will be managed by the housing association, Peabody South East, in partnership with Basildon Council.

Andy Hill, chief executive of The Hill Group, comments: “We are delighted to be working with Basildon Council on this scheme which once complete will change peoples’ lives for the better. It is excellent news that planning has now been approved, and we are looking forward to working with all of the teams to deliver SoloHaus in Essex.”

Chairman of the Housing and Estate Renewal Committee Councillor Andrew Schrader adds: “The scheme aims to provide our residents affected by homelessness with a home. Receiving support, vocational training and the skills required to be able to move on and sustain their own tenancy, they will get the opportunity to turn their lives around.”

Phase 2 begins at residential Sudbrooke scheme

Construction works have commenced on the second phase of The Parklands, a new residential community in Sudbrooke, Lincoln, bringing new homes to the market in 2022.

Works started on the 155-home development in 2018 and developer Jackson Living – part of Jackson & Jackson Developments – has now moved into the second phase.

Phase two sits north of phase one and will see the delivery of 41 homes, comprising 11 five-bedroom properties – including a landmark home with a thatched roof – and 12 affordable homes, all overlooking Sudbrooke woodland.

The exclusive 46.7-acre development is made up of 24 individual house designs and will feature two, three, four and five-bedroom homes in a unique woodland setting. The final phase, phase three, will commence next year in 2023.

Due for overall completion in 2024, The Parklands has taken its design inspiration from the surrounding, historic woodland and traditional village setting and will feature communal outdoor spaces, woodland footpaths, a restaurant, kitchen garden and community allotments.

Landscape and green space play a key part in The Parklands. As part of phase one, newly created footpaths were added around the existing ponds, native trees, shrubs, hedgerows and wildflowers were planted. Further work will include community allotments and a kitchen garden including heritage fruit trees, flower beds and space for sheds and glasshouses.


Jackson Living worked with Newark-based firm Influence Landscape Planning and Design across all phases at The Parklands with the company designing the on plot gardens and public spaces. As part of phase 2, Influence Landscape Planning and Design produced the landscape plans which include open grass and wildflower areas, native tree planting and mixed shrub planting.

Lindsey Arkley, senior landscape architect at Influence Landscape Planning and Design, comments: “The existing site features of The Parklands, such as the ponds and trees, significantly led the landscape design process as they naturally informed the layout. We then created a landscape masterplan that reflected and respected the historic setting and promoted and enhanced the biodiversity and ecological value.”

“Our landscape designs include significant outside areas to encourage natural play and nature and alongside the developer, have chosen to plant species that are appropriate to the local area and are of benefit to local wildlife.”

She continues: “We have also worked around existing parkland trees which are a beautiful asset within the development, and new trees are being planted and where relevant, reinstated. We are very pleased to be involved on such a special site.”

Jackson Living project manager, Ben Martin, adds: “As new homeowners buy the final few plots of phase one, we are now moving onto phase two to continue to create this thriving, new neighbourhood.”

“Our homes are carefully considered in terms of materials and design, but we also place great importance on the green areas at The Parklands. A great deal of time has been channelled into the landscape side to ensure we maximise the opportunity to enhance the many beautiful and historic existing features and create new ones. We have been working with the team at Influence since 2016 and their expertise in creating and nurturing habitats is hugely important to the site.”

“All of the progress at The Parklands to date is a true testament to the overall position of what The Parklands offers, from the quality of the buildings to the natural landscape and woodlands. As part of phase two we are delighted to be able to release more plots and look forward to welcoming more residents to our exciting community,” he concludes.

House prices at The Parklands start from £175,000 and can be reserved through agents Pygott & Crone.

New phase launches at Tooting’s Springfield Place

A new phase at Barratt London’s popular Springfield Place development in Tooting Bec, named Foxglove House, has officially launched.

Due to complete in summer 2022, the scheme will consist of 18 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, available for private sale from £450,000.

The phase is expected to sell exceptionally quickly, having already attracted a large number of first-time buyers priced out of neighbouring Balham and Wandsworth. New homeowners can enjoy a fantastic south-west London lifestyle here with deposits from as low as £22,500 using London Help-to-Buy.

Springfield Place is the first new-build development to be available within the 82-acre Springfield Village residential neighbourhood, which is being created in the former grounds of the historic Springfield University Hospital.

Bordering leafy Wandsworth Common and connecting Tooting Bec to Earlsfield, the village will total over 800 new homes, of which 300 will make up Springfield Place.

An on-site café, retail space, public square, provision for a new primary school, and a 32-acre park will be part of the wider area transformation. When finished, the new public parkland will be the first of its kind since the 2012 London Olympics.

Pam Reardon, sales & marketing director for Barratt East London, comments: “Since we launched Springfield Place last year, the development has been one of our most popular to date. First-time buyers are coming to us, having saved over lockdown, looking for a new home near open green spaces without having to leave the capital.”

“The south-west London location and value for money here tick all the boxes. We’re in Zone 3, but with the parkland surrounding us and beautiful listed buildings next door, it’s the best of both worlds.”

The central Grade II listed former hospital building is being carefully restored creating an architecturally rich and diverse landscape, including a listed chapel set in the public square at the heart of the site.

New and old will continue to sit side by side, where feature balconies and brick colour have been thoughtfully chosen to complement the existing architecture. Future releases will include two and three-bedroom houses set back on attractive mews streets, in addition to apartments.

The masterplan of the site has been developed by South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) and includes the development of modern mental health facilities.

Getting around couldn’t be easier for residents, being just a 10-minute walk from Tooting Bec Underground with connections to London Bridge in under 18 minutes. Wandsworth Common and Earlsfield National Rail stations are also within walking distance

Neighbouring Tooting Bec and Earlsfield offer a lively entertainment scene, and the area has a thriving foodie culture with Tooting Market, gastro pubs, Michelin-star and fine-dining restaurants on the doorstep. The borough of Wandsworth boasts over 1,700 acres of green space with Tooting Common, the largest, also home to the famous Tooting Bec Lido – the UK’s largest freshwater swimming pool by surface area.

Apartments at Springfield Place offer flowing, open-plan living, stylish fitted kitchens with integrated appliances, ample storage throughout, and all come with either a large private balcony and/or outdoor terrace. Prices in the new phase start from £450,000.

For more information on purchasing at Springfield Place, visit www.barrattlondon.com.


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