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Putting community at the heart of development

The development of a former orchard in Suffolk demonstrates the huge importance of putting community at the heart of any new development.

The plot of land at Chilton Place, located just outside Sudbury in Suffolk, was purchased by Anderson in August 2019 and is currently being developed into 130 new homes.

The first thing the company did when it acquired the plot was visit close neighbours and the local councils, to find out what they would like to see in the development.

Tim Chilvers, Planning and Land Manager
Tim Chilvers, Land & Planning Manager

“Not all areas of land are equal,” said Anderson Land & Planning Manager, Tim Chilvers. “They all have a special meaning to the community in which they sit, and you really have to understand that. It’s about putting yourself into the community’s shoes so you can bring forward a scheme that really reflects the wider area.”

The redevelopment will see 130 new traditional-style homes, with 45 of them designated as affordable homes delivered in partnership with Babergh District Council.

Anderson was very aware of the significance of the site as a former orchard and was eager to keep the area’s natural beauty. The site, which has just seen the first homes put on the market, has large open spaces as well as public art and extensive landscape screening.

“We are proud how closely we worked with Babergh District Council to make sure the development not only fits the needs of the area in terms of housing, but also fits in with what makes the community so special,” said Tim.

Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for housing, Cllr Jan Osborne, said: “I am delighted that our council has partnered with Anderson Group to deliver 45 affordable homes on the new Chilton Place development as part of our ongoing investment in social housing.

“These will either be a valuable asset to our council’s housing stock of more than 3,400 council homes or be made available to buy as shared ownership homes – helping low income house-hunters onto the first rung of the property ladder. This isn’t just about bricks and mortar – this is about investing in our communities and ensuring everyone in Babergh has somewhere affordable to live.”

Click here for Chilton Place website