Eric Pickles MP Officially Opens Stylish New Rosewood Development in Colchester

On Friday (27th July), Eric Pickles, MP for Brentwood and Ongar and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, officially opened Rosewood, the new development by award-winning developers Crest Nicholson on the former Severalls hospital site in Colchester. Mr Pickles was joined by Sir Bob Russell MP as well as James Moody, Managing Director of Crest Nicholson Eastern, and Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

VIPs and guests gathered for Mr Pickles to perform the official duties and cut the ribbon to declare the site officially open. Visitors were also given a tour of the brand new two and four-bedroom show houses.

The official opening of the first phase of the Rosewood development marks an exciting new chapter for the former Severalls hospital site in Mile End. Initially, Rosewood will deliver 248 new one and two-bedroom apartments and two, three and four-bedroom family houses. Styled in a traditional village setting with contemporary elevations, the mix of properties has been designed to appeal to a variety of purchasers from first time buyers and commuters to families and downsizers.

Eric Pickles said: "It is great to see the Rosewood development in Colchester officially opened. As one of the country's biggest landowners, the Government has a duty to free up surplus public sector land and there's no better use for it than building homes and thriving communities that will help more people meet their aspirations for home ownership."

James Moody, Managing Director for Crest Nicholson Eastern, said: “Rosewood is a Landmark development for Crest Nicholson Eastern, delivering Lifetime homes which benefit from being more spacious and adaptable and also meet Code for Sustainable Homes level 4, which makes them more affordable to run and own. The homes have been finished to a very high standard and set a new paradigm for housing in Colchester”

Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive of the HCA, said: “Accelerating the delivery of homes on public sector land to support local growth is a key priority for the HCA and this development is a great example of what can be achieved through successful partnership working and community engagement. It has set a high quality benchmark, not only for the rest of the scheme, but also for future consultations on local residential developments. The teams and community can justifiably be proud.”

The development is a short walk or bus ride into the bustling town centre and is also close to top performing local schools including the Colchester Royal Grammar School for Boys and Colchester Girls High Grammar School, both of which consistently top the league tables with 100% exam pass rates.

The development is in a fantastic location for commuters with two train stations in the town both offering services into London Liverpool Street, from Colchester North Station the train takes just under an hour whilst Colchester Town station offers links in one hour, ten minutes. Colchester Town Station also runs trains to the nearby seaside resorts of Frinton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze. For those travelling by roads and air, the A12 is easily accessible from the town with a recently opened new access way, feeding into the M25 and the rest of the country while London Stansted Airport is less than an hour’s drive along the A120. The development is also within close proximity of Colchester Business Park.

Thanks to the environmentally-friendly features of the homes, the development has been awarded Code 4 in the Code for Sustainable Homes, which results in lower running costs and a reduction in environmental footprint.

For further information or to view the show homes, contact the Sales & Marketing Suite, Rosewood, Mill Road, Colchester, Essex CO4 5QH on 0845 521 1985 or email Alternatively, visit

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