Beaulieu chosen by UK’s top town planning body as example of best practice


One of the country’s leading town planning experts chose to visit our Beaulieu development as part of a recent two-day tour of the East of England region to review examples of best practice.

John Acres, current President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), was shown around the site in Chelmsford, Essex, which will boast 3,600 new homes when complete. He saw first-hand Countryside and housing association L&Q’s master plan and execution of a highly complex, large-scale building programme.

He was accompanied by the chairman and members of the RTPI regional committee, senior planners from Countryside and officials from Chelmsford City Council’s town planning team. Key points raised during the walkaround were the early delivery of the infrastructure, a new bypass, railway station, all through school, and the quality of the community facilities, public open spaces and parkland areas.

Andrew Taylor, Head of Planning at Countryside, said: “It was a real privilege and honour to be selected to form part of the President’s tour. This proves that we are heading in the right direction and are clearly on track to achieving our key goal – to build a community not just homes.

“Mr Acres was impressed with the early provision of the community facilities and the mix of distinctive architectural style homes in the four phases of development: Beaulieu Heath has colonial-style family houses; Beaulieu Chase has 4 & 5 bedroom detached houses overlooking a landscaped park; Beaulieu Keep has a range of traditional weather boarded properties and contemporary homes overlooking ‘The Chase’ park and gardens; and Beaulieu Oaks has a choice of one-to-six bedroom apartments and houses.”