Cumbria housing scheme shortlisted for regional award

A South Lakeland housing scheme is in the running for a prestigious award that recognises excellence in the built environment.

Castles & Coasts Housing Association (CCHA)’s Crookfield development in Staveley, Cumbria has been shortlisted at the LABC’s regional Building Excellence Awards, which showcase outstanding buildings, companies and individuals in the North of England.

The scheme, completed last year, has been shortlisted in the Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development category.

David Brown, head of development at CCHA, said: “This is an outstanding scheme and one we are pleased to have delivered for the people of Staveley. To see it recognised in this way, making the shortlist of an award that is among the most prestigious in our industry, is fantastic.

“We believe that the communities we serve deserve only the highest quality schemes, and that’s what we strive to deliver, so having this validated by industry experts is a real endorsement and we’re delighted.”

The Crookfield development comprises of ten affordable homes for rent and shared ownership and three dormer bungalows which are for open market sale. The homes are energy-efficient and have been sustainably designed, while applicants for them must show a connection to the Staveley area.

The development has proved of help for several local families, providing them with affordable homes when they may have otherwise been forced to leave the area due to high rents and a lack of suitable homes.

Kendal-based housebuilder Russell Armer Ltd built the development, while local estate agent Hackney & Leigh has helped to bring the homes to market.

“These homes were sorely needed in the area, and we are determined to deliver properties that add real value – both during construction and when they are completed,” Brown added.

“We have worked with local suppliers to deliver a scheme that is recognised as being among the best of its kind in the North of England.”

CCHA will find out whether the Crookfield development has won the award on Thursday 24 September.

CCHA owns and manages over 7,000 properties in rural and urban communities across the North of England, with around 75% of its homes located in Cumbria.

Image: Castles & Coasts’ Crookfield development in Staveley, Cumbria, which has been shortlisted for an LABC Building Excellence Award. Credit: CCHA

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