Article image Chancellor of the Exchequer visits expansive garden village project that promises to bring new homes and commercial space to the heart of Surrey

Chancellor Philip Hammond paid a visit to Aviva and Crest Nicholson’s new Longcross Garden Village in Surrey last week, to partake in a tour of the site that when complete will feature 1,700 homes and 850,000 sq ft of high-quality office space. The Chancellor also enjoyed a tour of the famous Longcross Film Studios, which are located next-door to the development. 

The ministerial visit came as Longcross became the first of 14 government-backed garden villages to launch. 

Longcross - a joint venture between Aviva and Crest Nicholson- will establish a thriving new 1,700 home garden village, together with approximately 1 million sqft of Grade A office space and supporting facilities within Longcross Park, generating around 5,000 jobs. Comprising over 300 acres, and with its own railway station and 80-acre country park, Longcross is a pioneering visionary project that will include new homes, commercial space within the EZ³ enterprise zone, and the very best facilities for its residents.

The first phase, known as Upper Longcross, will provide 200 new homes built by Crest Nicholson for the local area. It is scheduled for completion in January 2018, with first occupations from June 2017. Over 25% of homes currently on offer at the development were reserved on the opening day of sales alone, with 100 prospective buyers in attendance.

During his visit, the Chancellor took in the new homes and visited Longcross Film Studios, used in the production of hits such as Disney’s Aladdin and Murder on the Orient Express. Special effects at the studios have been provided by the legendary Corbould Brothers, who worked on James Bond film Skyfall. 

Executive Director at Crest Nicholson, Chris Tinker, said: “We were delighted to welcome Chancellor Philip Hammond today and have the opportunity to share our vision for Longcross with him. His visit is testament to the success of the Garden Village movement.
“Longcross is an incredibly exciting development and the interest among prospective buyers has been fantastic. We look forward to welcoming new businesses and residents to this burgeoning community in the weeks and months ahead.”

Nestled within mature woodland, with sustainable and contemporary living at its heart, Upper Longcross will enhance the natural landscape with a refined collection of 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom houses and apartments. Prices at Upper Longcross start from £475,000 for a two-bed apartment.