A HOUSING development in the heart of Stratford has been praised for its design features and community consultation in drawing up the plans.
The £40million Arden Quarter scheme, neighbouring the train station, scooped the ‘highly commended’ award in the Best Scheme in Planning category at the prestigious National Housing Awards.
Due for completion in 2019, the new 189-home development by Orbit, the UK’s second largest developing housing association, will transform the former cattle market site which has stood derelict since its closure in 2001.
Arden Quarter will feature a mix of houses and flats, available through a range of home ownership and rental options, alongside public amenities including shops and a landscaped square.
Orbit’s planning of Arden Quarter was recognised by the judges for its early community consultation, close joint-working with Stratford District Council and Warwickshire County Council, and design features incorporated by architects PRP.
Chris Jones, midlands development director at Orbit, said: “With construction due to start on site shortly, we are delighted to see Arden Quarter being recognised at this stage in the development.
“Given our commitment to invest £40million into taking this site forward, we’re excited to start to see our vision, of high-quality new homes and a thriving community that local people are proud to be a part of, coming to life.”