Countryside and L&Q

Ideally located in the sought-after city of Chelmsford in Essex, lies Beaulieu, Countryside (now part of the Vistry Group) and L&Q’s 50/50 joint venture development under the name of Countryside Zest.

Set in King Henry VIII’s former hunting grounds, Beaulieu brings together high-quality new homes in a range of styles to suit different tastes, preferences and income levels – from one-bedroom apartments to six-bedroom houses - which are available through private sale, shared ownership and rent. Born from a shared vision between the JV partners, and the collaborative partnership established with stakeholders Chelmsford City Council, Highways England and Homes England, the landmark 610-acre development will eventually deliver 3,600 homes, of which 30% are affordable. Successfully meeting local demand for high-quality, affordable homes, 87% of shared ownership buyers at Beaulieu are from the surrounding area, with approximately 70% previously living in Chelmsford and 18% coming from elsewhere in Essex. This impressive new neighbourhood seeks to create a vibrant, integrated community for Chelmsford. In addition to delivering a significant number of new homes, this mixed-use development also provides new community, health, sport and retail amenities, Essex’s first all-through primary and secondary school, a day nursery and education centre – all of which are well-used by the local community. The scheme will also incorporate a second new primary school, hotel, business park, relief road (open in part) and a new train station due to be operational by 2025/6 – creating a well-supported and sustainable urban extension for Chelmsford.