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Major national award win for New Lubbesthorpe at LGC Awards
The New Lubbesthorpe sustainable urban extension won the Housing Initiative Award for Blaby District Council at the 2019 Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards in London last week,
marking a successful collaboration between the District Council, Leicestershire County Council and landowners the Drummond Estate, represented by development agents Mather Jamie.
The scheme was submitted by Blaby District Council to the LGC Awards, a prestigious national event which recognises excellence in local government. The Council was shortlisted alongside six other local authorities in the Housing Initiative category, which focuses on the ways in which local authorities devise imaginative solutions to ease problems, including a shortage of market and affordable housing.
The judges recognised New Lubbesthorpe as a great example of public and private sectors working together to provide solutions and deliver a high-quality urban extension for a new community to grow and flourish. The awards dinner was held at Grosvenor House, London on 13th March 2019, and was attended by Mather Jamie Director Martin Ward and Associate Director Amy Biddell.
Martin Ward said: “New Lubbesthorpe is one of the few approved urban extensions in the East Midlands to become established and start to deliver much-needed new housing. This has come about due to collaboration between the stakeholders, principally Blaby District Council, Leicestershire County Council and the Drummond Estate.”
The concept of New Lubbesthorpe was initiated by the Drummond Estate, particularly the late Fred Drummond and the Drummond family who still live locally. They worked with Blaby District Council and Leicestershire County Council to create plans for the community which were approved in 2014, and building work commenced shortly afterwards. Mather Jamie has been working with local authorities and developers on behalf of the Drummond Estate for over ten years to help bring the sustainable urban development, which once complete will feature 4,250 new homes, from dream to reality.
New Lubbesthorpe is providing a broad range of homes of various types, sizes and tenures, from starter homes for people stepping onto the housing ladder to family-sized homes and smaller residences for those looking to retire. The community is 20 minutes from Leicester city centre and will deliver 325 acres of woodland and green spaces.
Situated between Leicester Forest East and Enderby, New Lubbesthorpe is within easy reach of supermarkets, leisure centres and local shops, as well as Meridian Leisure Park and Fosse Retail Park. Thousands of new jobs are also being created, with a new business area at Leicester Commercial Park and a business village near the M1 Bridge Gateway in the pipeline. Two primary schools, one set to open in September 2019, and a secondary school are also being built in the development.
New homes are currently available at New Lubbesthorpe from Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes and Davidsons Homes. For more information about the development, please visit www.newlubbesthorpe.co.uk.
Established in 1991 and based in the East Midlands, Mather Jamie Chartered Surveyors is an independent mixed commercial and agricultural practice with a long established and unrivalled reputation for delivering reliable advice and expertise on residential and commercial developments. For more information please telephone 01509 233433 or visit www.matherjamie.co.uk.