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Cheshunt Lakeside Phase 1A Completion

We are delighted to announce the successful completion of the first phase of the Cheshunt Lakeside Masterplan. This development's strategic location is near the River Lee Country Park, with excellent connections to central London and Cambridge. The masterplan will provide 1,725 dwellings and up to 19,050 sqm of non-residential use, improving the physical and social infrastructure, which will provide job opportunities and address the ongoing affordable housing shortage.

‘This is a very exciting development, with high specifications, that’s set to completely transform the area’. 

Jon Hayden, Executive Director for Development, B3Living

This development includes communal gardens and a traffic-free ‘Green Link’ for pedestrians to reflect the neighbouring River Lea corridor and support wildlife. The buildings step down towards the East of the site to maximise views across to the adjacent Country Park and feature a new traffic-free “green” link with mature trees and shrubs that leads to a wildflower meadow, adding ecological diversity to the edge of the development.

Future phases will introduce shops, restaurants, community facilities, a primary school and a new bus station infrastructure, providing residents with convenient access to essential services and enhancing the development’s appeal.

The Phase 1A completion provides 195 new homes (112 Affordable Rent and 83 Shared Ownership), offering opportunities of below market-value prices for purchase and rental. Properties range from one-bedroom studios to three-bedroom apartments in two main blocks surrounding landscaped communal gardens, with ample parking (226) and cycle (195) spaces.

 “This development is the largest in B3Living’s history, which has been made possible through our ongoing relationship with Broxbourne Borough Council and a £10.2m grant from Homes England, which strengthened our partnership with them. 

“These affordable homes demonstrate our ongoing commitment to providing accessible, high quality housing for individuals and families with different needs. 

David Biggs, Chair of B3Living

The building exceeds local authority sustainability targets, which included an uplift of 5% on the London Lifetime Homes U-Value requirements. Using a varied colour palette of bricks across the façade creates the distinction between different areas along Delaware Road. It will be easily maintained over the years, contributing to a positive appearance and reinforcing the area’s character. 

The building fabric  (maybe use envelope)  was designed to ensure energy efficiency by insulating to a high degree to minimise heat loss and gain and installing efficient ventilation systems with integral heat recovery enabling residents to reduce energy use. This is particularly significant during the current cost of living crisis with high energy costs. Photovoltaic panels have been installed on all roofs as part of a renewable energy strategy supplying electricity to the site.  

The Landscaping strategy has been considered with both biodiversity and management costs in mind, incorporating wildflowers and low-maintenance shrubs to keep service charges to a minimum. ‘Brown’ Sedum roofs and nesting boxes for bats, swifts and ‘bee bricks’ have been installed in the building to encourage a range of wildlife native to the area.

 “We are committed to working in partnership with organisations such as B3Living to ensure that high quality affordable homes are created in well-designed places that reflect  community  priorities as well as minimising environmental impact. 

“The homes delivered at Cheshunt Lakeside by B3Living do just this by providing sustainable new homes that meet local housing needs.” 

Carol Cairns, head of Affordable Housing Growth for Homes England 

This project has been shortlisted by Inside Housing Development Awards 2023 for Best Shared Ownership’. 

The winners to be announced on Friday 29 September.

Recent press articles:-
B3 Living celebrate Cheshunt Lakeside opening 
Housing Digital 

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