St George's exhibition

Friday, July 1, 2011

Bovis Homes will be holding a number of events aimed at updating the local community on its work and plans for St George's Park in Stafford.

They include three community information events being held at St Chad's in St George's Park for local residents and councillors.

It will be another opportunity for residents to meet members of the Bovis Homes team, discuss the plans and view information boards about St George's Park, including the revised landscaping and tree replanting scheme. Around 300 invitations have been sent out to local households and councillors.

"These new plans take into account the local feedback we have received, including the views and ideas that came from visitors to our recent exhibition at John Wheeldon Primary School close to the development," said Bovis Homes Central Region's Development Director Darrell White.

"We received an excellent response to that event and we were greatly encouraged by the positive feedback from local people. People generally came in with an element of concern following the adverse publicity surrounding the felling of the trees required to build the access road, but they left impressed with our plans.

"These include four distinct and varied areas of public open space with an arboretum and parkland, woodland, an attractive environmental corridor along Pearl Brook and a nature conservation area.

"We're planting around 250 new trees - many more than will need to be removed across the site and including 21 mature London Plane trees at the entrance which will already be around 6-7m tall when they are planted.

"There will also be 5,000m2 of native shrub planting, 1000m of hedging and extensive areas of wildflower planting. It will be a visually stunning development."

The community events at St Chad's will be on:

  • Thursday 30th June between 4pm and 7pm
  • Friday 8th July between 12noon and 3pm
  • Saturday 16th July between 11.30am and 2pm

The information boards will also be on view at a three-day unmanned exhibition at the Guildhall Shopping Centre, Crabbery Street Mall, located between Vision Express and Hub Retail from Tuesday 12th July until Thursday 14th July.

Work will be resuming at St George's Park soon following productive discussions with Stafford Borough Council.

"We've had positive talks with the council and we're looking forward to getting back on site and resuming work," said Darrell. "We will continue to communicate with local people and stakeholders and I'd encourage anyone who is interested to come along to the exhibitions. We'll also be putting the information on our website at www.bovishomes.co.uk."