On Wednesday 22 June, Prime Minister David Cameron called into Crest Nicholson’s Tadpole Garden Village housing development.
Crest Nicholson CEO Stephen Stone and Tadpole Garden Village Project Manager Alan Blandford hosted the visit and introduced the PM, Brandon Lewis MP and Tessa Jowell MP to Crest Nicholson’s South West Managing Director Tom Dwyer and decorating apprentice Maisie Lapham, both of whom then joined the ministers aboard the ‘Stronger in Europe’ bus as it toured the area.
Mr Cameron was accompanied by Minister of State for Housing and MP for Great Yarmouth Brandon Lewis who commented: “The job of politicians is to do everything we can to help people get on in life – to buy that first home, providing stability and a place to raise a family. Crest Nicholson’s development is a fantastic example of the homes we’re working together to build.”
Stephen Stone, CEO of Crest Nicholson, commented: “Government support has brought much needed stability to the housing market. The industry has responded by growing volumes and creating many highly-skilled jobs, apprenticeships and new career opportunities for young people. Homebuyers have confidence of future employment and easy access to mortgages, which helps them come to the decision to buy a new home.
‘This is the housing environment today and anything which undermines it – including Brexit – would not be welcomed and could force us to revisit our investment decisions.”
Tadpole Garden Village is a greenfield highly-sustainable development set in a 179-hectare rural location, an extension of the North Swindon housing area which has been in progress since mid-1994. Tadpole Garden Village will eventually provide 1,695 two, three, four and five bedroom homes and a local centre, public house, and a range of community buildings. Tadpole Farm Primary Academy opened in September 2015 and the Brunel Academy secondary school is due to open in 2017 or 2018 within the area.
It is one of the only developments in the UK delivering on the basis of Garden Village Principles. The introduction of a Community Interest Company (CIC), which puts decision-making power in the hands of the Tadpole Garden Village residents, was recognised in the National Housebuilder Awards 2015 for ‘Best Community Initiative.’