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Award-winning developer Crest Nicholson is celebrating success after its Tadpole Garden Village development in Swindon was named ‘Best Housing Scheme (500 homes or more)’ at the Planning Awards. The awards, that recognise excellence in UK housebuilding planning and placemaking, took place in London on Wednesday 6th of June.


The Planning Awards are held annually, and Tadpole Garden Village overcame strong competition from across the country to be named winner of the ‘Best Housing Scheme’ award. Tadpole Garden Village was awarded the accolade for its positive impact on its surrounding environment, and the economic and social well-being it provides its local surroundings. The development has been built with 21st Century Garden Village principles in mind, to provide not only housing but also a modern, vibrant community.


Once complete, the development will deliver 1,855 homes to suit a range of home owners, from first time buyers to larger family homes. Crest Nicholson is investing £19.3m in the local area in order to provide a host of assets to improve the wellbeing of the community, including a new primary and secondary schools, a community centre, sports pitches, and 16 children’s play areas.


The awards’ judges praised the ‘excellent integration of landscape and public areas’, the ‘wide range of community facilities’, and the ‘commendable proportion of affordable housing’ on offer at Tadpole Garden Village. Crest Nicholson received further recognition at the ceremony, as its Monksmoor Park development in Daventry, Northamptonshire, was awarded the ‘Highly Commended’ accolade in the ‘Best Housing Scheme (500 or more)’ category.


Andrew Dobson, Managing Director at Crest Nicholson Strategic Projects, said: “We’re extremely proud to be recognised at these industry-leading awards. This accolade is a testament to the high-quality homes on offer at Tadpole Garden Village, and Crest Nicholson’s commitment to building communities that will be enjoyed both now and for generations to come.


“Our Monksmoor Park development in Daventry was also ‘highly commended’ in this category, demonstrating Crest Nicholson’s exceptional developments on offer across the country.”


Tadpole Garden Village will comprise 1,855 homes on completion, as well as a new secondary school, a pub, shops and other community amenities. The development already features a new Town Park, allotments and a community common. For more information, please visit: