Council congratulates housing award winners

Release date: 13 July 2016

Caption l to r:  Andy Jones (CDC Building Control Manager), Cllr Sue Coakley (CDC Cabinet Member for Environment, including Building Control), Cllr Chris Hancock (Sly Trustee and CDC Cabinet Member for Enterprise & Partnerships), Cllr Sue Jepson (CDC Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities), Enid Sly, Paul Goodman (builder) and Peter Dawson (Sly Trustee).

An award-winning new affordable housing development for local residents in Northleach has been praised by members of the Cotswold District Council Planning and Licensing Committee.

Meeting on 13 July, the Councillors congratulated everyone involved in the Sly’s Close project which recently won the ‘Best Small New Housing Development and Best Social and Affordable New Housing Development’ category at the Western Region Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards which covers Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, North Somerset, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.

Representatives of the applicant (J.W. Sly And Sons (Northleach) Charitable Trust), architect (Mungo Park Architects), contractor (Wildmoor Construction - Paul Goodman)) and CDC officials involved were all thanked for their efforts by Cllr Sue Jepson, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning Services at the time when the development was carried out.  Cllr Jepson was clearly impressed:

“Well done to everyone involved in creating this exceptionally well designed affordable housing development on a brownfield site, which was made possible through funding from a local charitable trust established by Northleach residents Enid and Joyce Sly.  They have provided local residents with extremely good quality modern homes to the highest environmental and building standards within a conservation area. The excellent team relationships between the Architect Mungo Park, Wildmoor Construction Ltd. and the Council’s Planning, Building Control and Heritage Officers stood out as a model of best practice.

“The Council is always seeking opportunities to work with different housing providers to deliver homes for local people.  Projects like Sly's Close create a lasting legacy for future generations and I sincerely hope that the success of this project will pave the way for other benefactors to follow the lead of Enid and Joyce Sly.”

Andy Jones, the Joint Building Control Manager at CDC, added:

“This is one of many projects across the District which have been praised at the LABC regional awards over the years. This time around, aside from winning the best in category award for the Sly’s Close development, the judging panel also shortlisted and commended the development of a new house in Stratton called Silver Birches (Architect Cotswold Architects and main contractor A and L Builders).  

“The Sly’s Close development will now be entered into the national LABC awards which are judged in November this year. We are hoping that those judges will also be very impressed by this submission, and we look forward to seeing the first prize on display here in the Cotswolds in a few months’ time!”

Cllr Jepson concluded

 "The Cotswolds has come very close to a national award on several occasions, and this has encouraged everyone to try and go one better in 2016.  It’s great to see locally-based architects and contractors who want to get involved – obviously just being nominated for the awards brings prestige to the developments, and the Cotswold nominations always reflect very well on all those involved.”



The award for the Best Small New Housing Development and Best Social and Affordable New Housing Development at the Western Region LABC Building Excellence Awards:

Applicant - J W Sly (Northleach) Charitable Trust, Sly's Yard, Northleach 

Architect – Mungo Park Architects

Contractor - Wildmoor Construction Ltd.

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