Planning & Placemaking Awards countdown: the best housing placemaking schemes (more than 500 homes)

Ahead of this week's Placemaking Awards, we highlight the shortlisted entries in the best housing scheme (over 500 homes) category

Ocean Estate Regeneration
Ocean Estate Regeneration

Erith Park (submitted by Orbit Group)

Erith Park sets out to create a new pedestrian-friendly, residential neighbourhood on the site of the old Larner Road estate. The scheme has already delivered 343 mixed tenure apartments and houses with gardens, for social rent, shared ownership and sale. It is now in phase two, with a further 244 homes due to be completed by 2018.

Graylingwell Park, Chichester (JTP)

The Graylingwell Park development in Chichester occupies the site of a former Victorian hospital and will provide 780 new homes (40 per cent affordable) as well as 88,000 square feet of commercial and community space. The scheme includes new and refurbished buildings set on wide streets within Graylingwell's existing historic park and gardens. A range of green technologies are being employed to create Graylingwell Park as a net zero carbon neighbourhood.

Park Hill, Sheffield (Places for People)

Built in 1961 to rehouse nearly 1000 families from post-war slums, the huge Park Hill estate fell into decline in the 1980s. Subsequently it became a grade II listed building. In 2006 Sheffield City Council accepted designs by Urban Splash to modernise the buildings while retaining key aspects of the original design. The first phase of 78 new homes was completed in 2011. The £18m second phase is creating 182 affordable homes for sale or rent, with around two thirds so far completed. The overall Park Hill scheme has outline planning consent for 874 homes.

Ocean Estate Regeneration (East Thames Group)

The scheme to regenerate the Ocean Estate in the East End of London, a deprived estate with high crime rates, provides over 800 new mixed tenure homes as well as refurbishing 1000 existing homes. The development includes a community garden, 600 new trees, children's play space, new lighting and landscaped courtyards. It has involved training and employing local people, working with community champions and a community chest fund of grants for small local initiatives.

North East of Leicester Sustainable Urban Extension (Commercial Estates Group)

This £450m Sustainable Urban Extension in the urban area of north east Leicester will provide 4,500 new family and starter homes as well as homes for the elderly. Footpaths, cycleways and transport improvements - such as a new link road and bus service - have been built into the scheme, joining up disparate neighbourhoods including the disconnected eastern area of Thurmaston. The extension includes over 100 hectares of parks, play areas, allotments and open spaces as well as almost 30 hectares of outdoor sports facilities. 

The Planning and Placemaking Awards, London, 23 June 6.30-9.30pm: why attend?

This year the Planning and Placemaking Awards will be presented at a joint ceremony at Savoy Place in the heart of London on 23 June. The event will bring together a mix of leading public and private sector built environment professionals, offering networking and learning opportunities throughout the evening. It will showcase the projects, plans and people behind the most outstanding planning and placemaking work across the UK.

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