Homefield School, Christchurch

This derelict brownfield site, formerly in use as a school, had fallen into a dramatic state of disrepair after abrupt closure, and presented a complex planning and design challenge. Purchased unconditionally, and situated in the protected Avon Valley landscape designated greenbelt, the proposals to re-develop as a care village for older persons, required sensitive negotiation with both local authority and community leaders alike. After prolonged community engagement, and numerous design iterations, planning permission was eventually obtained for a 60 bed care home, retention of the locally listed Winkton House building for conversion to close care apartments, and 12 new houses in the mature 6 acre landscaped plot. After purchasing the SPV company which owned the property asset, Haxted sold the site on to a local care home operator and construction is currently ongoing.

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