Beaulieu's historic landscape in safe hands

28th July 2016

Countryside and L&Q, the joint developers behind the renowned development, Beaulieu, on the outskirts of Chelmsford, have appointed national land management charity the Land Trust to manage and maintain the impressive 176 acres of parks and open spaces that will be provided across the scheme. As the development progresses, Beaulieu’s abundant variety of green open spaces will be entrusted to Beaulieu Estate Management Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Land Trust. They will take care of the estate parkland indefinitely on behalf of, and in partnership with, the Beaulieu residents and wider local community.

Located within the picturesque parkland of King Henry VIII’s former Tudor palace, the site’s historic and natural environment give Beaulieu its unique character. Beaulieu Estate Management will work with local residents to preserve and enhance these valuable open spaces – which range from formal parks, village greens, and children’s play areas to orchards, community gardens and natural meadows to ensure that Beaulieu remains an attractive and healthy place to live that all the community can enjoy.

Andrew Carrington, Managing Director of Strategic Land at Countryside commented: “At any development, green space is a valuable asset, but Beaulieu is particularly special in that the development has been designed, planned and built around the site’s natural landscape. The resulting meadows, parks, and gardens will need careful and expert planning and management to create and maintain a safe, clean and attractive environment for the community.

Jerome Geoghegan, Group Director for Development and Sales at L&Q, added: “We know that our new residents have been particularly attracted to this aspect of Beaulieu, and by partnering with the Land Trust, we are delighted to safeguard these premium green assets, and secure the long-term value of the development for the benefit of all residents.”

Euan Hall, Chief Executive of the Land Trust, added: “As a land management charity, the Land Trust has many years’ experience delivering well managed green space and we are delighted to be working with Countryside and L&Q at Beaulieu. This is a fantastic residential development which has been planned with plenty of open space for the community to enjoy.

“Well-managed public space around people’s home is important to help communities flourish and maintain and even enhance the value of the property. As a charity we are committed to working to not only manage the open space, the play areas, orchards and meadows, but to involve the community as much as possible. We can’t wait to get started.”

The Land Trust is an independent, national charity which owns and manages green public open spaces on behalf of, and in partnership with, local communities. The Land Trust is committed to ensuring that public open spaces, such as country parks, woodlands and nature reserves have sustainable management and financial plans to safeguard them forever, and to improving the quality of people’s lives by creating sustainable, high quality green spaces that deliver environmental, social and economic benefits.

As well as extensive landscaping, Beaulieu will also benefit from a network of footpaths, cycleways, as well as a nature and heritage trail and an extended bridleway route, ideal for exploring the new parkland, heathland and meadows across the development. Sports fields are also planned as part of the proposed new secondary school, for the use of all Beaulieu residents.

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About Beaulieu

A vibrant new district for Chelmsford, Beaulieu will deliver up to 3,600 high quality new homes in an inspirational landscape. Beaulieu is being developed by Countryside Zest, a 50/50 joint venture partnership between Countryside and L&Q.

Designed within a series of distinctly designed neighbourhoods linked by extensive open spaces and landscaping, Beaulieu will offer a complete range of housing from one bedroom apartments to five bedroom houses to suit different buyers and lifestyles.

There will be an extensive range of community facilities including sites for two new primary schools and a secondary school with associated sports facilities.  A new Neighbourhood Centre to be known as Beaulieu Square, with shops, day nursery, community and health centres is already under construction as part of the first phase of the development to create a vibrant community hub from the outset. It is anticipated that it will open in summer 2017.

About Countryside

Countryside is a leading UK home builder specialising in place making and urban regeneration. For the year ended 30 September 2015 we completed 2,364 homes with revenues of £615.8m.

Our business is focused on place making which we deliver through our two divisions, Housebuilding and Partnerships. The Housebuilding division, operating under the Countryside and Millgate brands, develops sites that provide private and affordable housing, on land owned or controlled by the Group.

Our Partnerships division specialises in urban regeneration of public sector land, delivering private and affordable homes by partnering with local authorities and housing associations.

Countryside was founded in 1958. It operates in locations across London, the South East and the North West of England.

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About L&Q

L&Q’s mission is to create places where people want to live. It is currently one of the UK’s foremost developers of new homes, with 50 years’ experience in the sector.

L&Q builds high-quality homes to suit a range of incomes, including homes for rent, shared ownership and outright sale. For further information please visit

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