Housebuilder Countryside has been announced as the first company set to develop new homes at Fairham, the new £800 million neighbourhood for Nottingham.
Countryside is the UK’s leading mixed-tenure developer specialising in placemaking and regeneration. It plans to build 332 new homes on 20 acres of land south of Nottingham Road at Fairham – the new 606-acre mixed use development is being delivered in partnership by Clowes Developments and Homes England, the government’s housing accelerator.
A planning application will be submitted to Rushcliffe Borough Council before the summer for a mix of housing types, including three and four bedroom houses and one and two bedroom apartments. The homes will comprise a combination of affordable housing through a registered partner as well as homes for private rent and open market sale.
Subject to planning permission, it is anticipated that work will start on site this summer, with the first properties available to occupy from late Spring 2022.
The proposed new homes will use sustainable timber frame construction methods, utilising Countryside’s own modular factory, based just 20 miles away in Narborough in Leicestershire.
Glyn Mabey, Managing Director, Partnerships East Midlands, Countryside said: ‘Fairham is set to be an extraordinary new neighbourhood and we believe that our mix of house designs and tenures will play an important part in creating this new community for Nottingham. Working in partnership with Clowes Developments and Homes England is perfectly aligned to our guiding principle of working collaboratively to create diverse and sustainable communities that become places people love.
‘We have received more than 350 awards for design and sustainability excellence since 2000 and have recently been awarded the 5 Star Rating by the Home Builders Federation – a mark of our dedication to creating high quality and sustainable communities that are built to last. Our values and ways of working fit perfectly with the approach at Fairham and we’re proud to be part of this stunning new neighbourhood.’
Fairham will create 3,000 new homes to be built by a number of housebuilders to ensure choice and individuality across size, style and tenure, but all tied together by a common purpose governed by a holistic design code that ensures the different parts of the new neighbourhood compliment and support one another.
Land and Planning Director with Clowes Developments, Robert Hepwood, said: ‘We warmly welcome Countryside to Fairham and look forward to working with them to create both sustainable and desirable new homes for local people.
‘We are now starting to see activity across the site increasing. Over the coming twelve months we will be progressing work at pace by working closely with our development partners to bring more high-quality homes and infrastructure to fruition.’
These first new homes mark another important milestone for Fairham as activity across the site begins to ramp up following the £83m Homes England funding package announced in March 2021 to accelerate the creation of new homes and jobs for the area.
Construction and civil engineering contractor Winvic has already been working to deliver the first phase of infrastructure works at Fairham over the winter, including improvements to Nottingham Road, drainage and further preparatory works for future construction phases.
Fairham is being delivered by Derbyshire-based Clowes Developments in partnership with Homes England, the government’s housing accelerator, who instructed Savills’ Nottingham development team as the agent to assist in marketing the site. £100 million of infrastructure investment is due for the 606-acre Fairham development, which was awarded outline planning permission at the start of 2018.
In total, as well up to 3,000 new homes, 1 million sq ft of commercial space and a neighbourhood centre will be built as well as community, health and educational facilities and 200 acres of green space.
Fairham has been designed around a highly sustainable, ultra-connected location set amid the green landscape of south Nottinghamshire. With all amenities co-located alongside one another, it will be one of the most accessible and sustainable communities in the country.
Fairham, to the south of Clifton, sits alongside the A453 Remembrance Way that links directly to the M1. It is also next to the NET tram terminus at Clifton South, within a 15-minute drive of East Midlands Airport and is a 20-minute drive or tram ride from Nottingham city centre.
Fairham also forms a key part of Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Local Plan and will help meet the borough’s housing need for 13,500 new homes over the next decade.