Royal Town Planning Institute Awards – Summers Park, Lawford

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Rose builders development in Lawford

Rose has received the Highly Commended Award for its Summers Park development in Lawford at the 2020 East Anglian, Royal Town Planning Institute awards for planning excellence.

The East of England Awards for Planning Excellence celebrate projects and people who have helped create exceptional places and improved the lives of those who live and work there; highlighting how planning and planners work to create a safe, healthy and sustainable future.

Steven Rose, Managing Director of Rose, said: “We are delighted that our development at Summers Park has received the Highly Commended Award and our thanks goes to all of those that helped realise the vision.

“A special thank you to David Rose at A D P planning who put our development forward. We take great care in how our schemes are designed and welcome and encourage local stakeholder engagement in order to deliver sustainable, well-thought developments that the local community can be proud of.”

The site at Lawford was identified as an emerging site allocation, which led to constructive engagement with all key stakeholders and local residents to develop a community-led concept and vision for the site that comprised: 150 new homes, including affordable starter homes to be delivered by a locally created housing trust; 700 sqm of office floorspace; 2.6ha of Community Open Space; an off-road school bus park for the Manningtree High School; and a Multi-Use Games Area.

The Highly commended award was for the proactive and positive engagement process undertaken by Rose in the planning, consultation and design stages.

Rose has also been awarded the Silver Award for ‘Best Small Housebuilder’ at one of the biggest events in the UK new homes industry, the WhatHouse? Awards.

Commonly known as the ‘oscars’ of the UK housebuilding industry, the WhatHouse? Awards is the country’s largest event that celebrates the very best new homes.

It was the 40th year of the Awards but due to the pandemic, for the first time the ceremony was held digitally, with the audience watching online.

The judging was intense, as well as the quality, design and range of the houses built, all aspects of performance was assessed, including: The influence of senior management, staff values, recruitment & training, sustainability initiatives, marketing, home buying assistance schemes, aftersales service and customer care.

Alex Leader head of Sales and Marketing commented: “We are extremely proud to have won an award at this highly prestigious event. The award helps showcase the hard work and commitment from our team to deliver developments that our buyers are proud to call home.”

Rose first started building new homes in the 1890s and the original values of quality, integrity, trust and care are as true today as they were then. They blend traditional craftsmanship with modern design and the latest technology to deliver new homes that are built with care.