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Selected Awards
  • 2004 — Aga Khan Award for Architecture
  • 2009 — Mies van der Rohe Award
  • 2013 — AIA/ALA Library Building Award
  • 2015 — Best Interior, Designers Saturday
  • 2016 — AIA New York Honor Award

NEW HOMES APPROVED AT VIKING WAY

Family-run housebuilder, Bloor Homes has been granted reserved matters approval for a new residential scheme at Viking Way in Congleton.  The plans were submitted to Cheshire East Council by Manchester based Asteer Planning who are also advising on the commercial proposals for the site. 

 

The Bloor scheme, comprising 154 new homes, is the first reserved matters application to be approved at the Congleton Business Park strategic allocation following the grant of outline planning permission for a mixed use development in February 2022. In addition to new homes, Bloor’s proposals will also deliver part of the east-west “greenway”, an important piece of pedestrian/cyclist infrastructure which will connect the emerging North Congleton neighbourhoods.

 

Bloor’s in-house design team and Asteer Planning worked collaboratively with Cheshire East Council and the Parish Council to bring forward the key design principles approved by the Spatial Design Code approved at outline stage, which seeks to deliver 6 new character areas across the site including a network of high quality greenspaces. Approval of this reserved matters application is a significant step in the successful delivery of new homes for the area, 17.5% of which will be affordable.

 

Says Kate McClean, Planning Director at Bloor Homes: “We were extremely pleased to receive the unanimous support from the members of Strategic Planning Board yesterday. Having purchased the site in April, this timely reserved matters approval is the first step towards launching our development offering a range of  2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes.”

 

Says Alice Routledge, Partner at Asteer Planning: “The approval of the first reserved matters application at Viking Way is a hugely important milestone in the creation of a new, strategically important and sustainable neighbourhood at North Congleton. This application will not only deliver much needed family housing, but also a network of high quality greenspaces and will make a significant financial contribution to the Congleton Link Road which opened in April 2021.”