Countryside shortlisted for coveted industry awards


Two of Countryside Partnerships East Midlands’ developments have been shortlisted for top awards at a prestigious industry event.

The Surrey Street/Foundry Close scheme in Glossop, Derbyshire, and Allen Road scheme in Rushden, Northamptonshire, have been recognised by the Inside Housing Development Awards, which take place on Thursday 29th November at the Brewery in London.

Surrey Street/Foundry Close, comprising 65 affordable homes, was developed in partnership with Equity Housing Group, RG+P Architects and Homes England, and has been nominated for the Best Affordable Housing Development award for schemes that range from 26 to 70 homes in size.

Allen Road, a collection of 46 homes for affordable rent and Shared Ownership in partnership with Longhurst Group, RG+P Architects and Homes England, has been shortlisted for the Best Regeneration Project award.

Gary Turner, Partnerships & Investments Director for Countryside Partnerships East Midlands, said: “It’s fantastic to have these developments recognised at such a distinguished event – it’s a real testament to all the hard work that has gone into them.

“Both Surrey Street/Foundry Close and Allen Road have helped to address the local housing shortage, and enabled those in need of housing access to high-quality homes.

“I would like to thank our partners for helping us to make these developments the successes that they have become.”

Phil Webster, Strategic Director for Customers at Equity Housing Group, said: “At Equity Housing Group, we don’t just build properties, we create communities, with the Surrey Street development exemplifying this.

“Working closely with both Countryside Properties and High Peak Council, we created 51 much-needed affordable homes in High Peak - available to those who already lived in the area.

“Due to its rural location, High Peak has suffered from a low-wage economy. In addition, its close proximity to Greater Manchester has resulted in a large number of commuters residing in the area, inflating house prices within the Borough and pricing out local people.

“The Surrey Street development has helped solve this issue and it is great to see this acknowledged with a shortlist place in the Inside Housing Development Awards.”

Nick Worboys, Group Director of Development and Sales for Longhurst, said: “We are absolutely delighted to hear that Allen Road has been shortlisted for this award.

“This shortlisting is testament to the strong partnership work between ourselves and Countryside, who, together, have delivered a fantastic development that provides high-quality, affordable homes in an area that desperately needed them.

We’re very proud of Allen Road and particularly the fact it has retained the character and heritage of the original factory buildings, so this shortlisting is a resounding endorsement of that work.”

The Inside Housing Development Awards bring together landlords, developers and architects from across the UK’s property sector to recognise the very best developments of the year.

All 14 award categories are judged by a panel of industry experts, who are then tasked with selecting a winner from the shortlist.

Further information on the Inside Housing Development Awards is available at