Bruce Lindsay, Development Director, provides an update on the latest news from Blindwells…
March 18, 2022
What’s the latest news from Blindwells?
We are really pleased to report that the first residents have moved into their new homes. This is a huge milestone and marks the start of a new era for Blindwells after many years of investment and regeneration. We are really excited about establishing a thriving community here that provides not only new housing but also education facilities, a healthcare hub and local retail outlets.
What is currently happening with regards to the commercial elements of the scheme?
With the help of our agent, Ryden, we have recently launched the marketing of 5.46 acres of commercial development land which is located adjacent to the forthcoming town centre. Plot C5 provides a great opportunity for businesses to locate themselves within our vibrant new community.
How many affordable homes will there be at Blindwells?
At least 30% of the new homes will be affordable at Blindwells. We have planning for 1,600 new homes which includes 480 affordable and Cruden is currently on site delivering 60 of these as well as Persimmon commencing soon on a further 30.
What education facilities will there be?
The Blindwells masterplan includes the development of a new primary school, which will serve the educational needs of the local community. Hargreaves Land is making a major financial investment in the provision of the school and the road access to the school-site. It is envisaged the new school will be complete by the 2024/25 academic year.
What are the plans for the Town Centre?
Creating a Town Centre is a vital for the community and will form the centrepiece of the development by providing a high quality mix of amenities including food retail, a healthcare hub, specialist retail and some housing all in a car free environment.
We are currently in the design development stage and talking to a number of occupiers and partners who wish to invest in our Town Centre.
Tell us something interesting about the development that we might not already know…
We have submitted an Art Strategy for Blindwells to the Council which includes a public consultation process. This will set us up to work in conjunction with local residents and artists to deliver a range of public art installations across the site to enrich the quality and enjoyment of landscape spaces within the site and its setting.