Leading housebuilders, Barratt David Wilson and Vistry Partnerships have joined forces to deliver the Foundry Lea development at Bridport, Dorset. Bringing talents and expertise from both businesses, the pair will create a leading consortium responsible for the delivery of new homes and the associated infrastructure.
Working together with Bridport Town Council and Symondsbury Parish Council, the Foundry Lea Consortium have recently held a two week public consultation event providing local people the opportunity to have their say on the development.
The consultation generated lots of feedback which the team are now reviewing. Much of the feedback is positive and reflects the sentiment of a good demand for new homes, the Jobs created by the development and the delivery of affordable homes.
Feedback was provided and welcomed from a range of local demographic groups.
As well as helpful feedback on design, the consultation also generated significant interest from prospective home owners from the local area, keen to purchase a home or to register for the affordable homes. Through the joint approach, Foundry Lea will provide a wide variety of house types, designs and sizes, to meet both the current and future housing need in Bridport and the surrounding area.
Local people were also keen to learn more about opportunities to work at Foundry Lea. The Consortium has pledged to support the local economy through the use of local suppliers, craftspeople and tradespeople in the delivery of this new community. Investing in local skills development is also a driving principle for Vistry Partnerships, who will bring its innovative ‘Skills Academy’ to Foundry Lea, supported by Barratt David Wilson.
The main concerns raised in the consultation included retention of existing trees and hedgerows, the provision of affordable homes and pedestrian and cycle connections to the town centre. All of these concerns are being reviewed by the Consortium and further details will be available on the Foundry Lea website as the scheme progresses: https://www.foundrylea.co.uk/
David Matthews, Regional Development Director at Barratt David Wilson Homes, said: ‘’We greatly value feedback from interested parties and this process has been a culmination of regular, proactive discussions with both Town and Parish Councils and local resident groups. Dialogue has been productive and we wish to thank all parties for their input.’’
Kathryn Pennington, Regional Development Director at Vistry Partnerships, said: “Community engagement is key to the success of a new development and ensuring that Foundry Lea compliments the great place that Bridport is and enables more families to love living and working there.”
For more information visit: https://www.foundrylea.co.uk/