Weston Homes secures planning for £220m housing development


Colchester City Council has granted Weston Homes outline planning for a 600-home residential development.

Credit: Weston Homes

Viridis, valued at £220 million, will provide a mix of 420 private units and 180 affordable units, in Stanway, Colchester.

Features: large areas of public realm and landscaping, including ponds, play areas and pedestrian and cycle routes throughout.

The project will offer a variety of housing options:

  • Two, three and four-bedroom houses for private ownership
  • One and two-bedroom apartments
  • Two, three and four-bedroom houses as affordable housing

PRP Architects designed the scheme, which will fulfil part of a government requirement for Colchester City Council to build 920 homes annually.

Carolina Ipes, associate of urban design and masterplanning at PRP, said: “Our vision is to offer residents the opportunity to access green, open spaces right from their doorstep. 

“Our design encourages walking and cycling and reduces reliance on cars, thus fostering a healthier, more connected community.”

All the homes will feature high ceilings, large windows, and open-plan layouts to maximise natural light. 

The development is a four-minute drive from Marks Tey Station — under an hour direct train link to Liverpool street.

Bob Weston, chairman and managing director of Weston Homes, said: “This new development in Stanway, Colchester is part of our ongoing major growth and expansion. 

“We are looking forward to beginning the delivery of this fantastic new community for the people of Essex.” 

This follows Weston Homes appointing Peter Gore as the housebuilder’s new CEO, earlier this month.

Weston Homes is continuing to look for new sites within outer London and the South East located in walking distance from railway stations, including greenfield land sites, brownfield sites, and landmark buildings which could be converted into new residential or mixed-use addresses.

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