Sunday, 28 August 2016

Aspire Housing: The Orchard, Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme

“They have done some really interesting things with the design.”

Richard Hill

With its larch timber rain-screen cladding, coloured panels and curved frontage, this development is striking while remaining sympathetic to its surroundings. Planning permission was given in 2008 but the scheme was shelved until mid-2010 because of the onset of the credit crunch. However, £300,000 of capital funding from Newcastle-under-Lyme Council and £1.34 million from the Homes and Communities Agency’s disposal proceeds fund made the development viable again. The site had been empty since 2007, when an ageing sheltered accommodation scheme of 33 bungalows had been cleared. A second phase of development, comprising five homes for affordable rent, has secured planning permission.

Contractor/developer: Kier Partnership Homes

Number of homes: 43 (25 affordable rent, 18 shared ownership)

Cost: £4.1 million

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