This £6million housing scheme was developed for Raglan Housing Association and completed ahead of schedule. A mix of 41 one and two-bedroom houses and two, three and four-bedroom houses comprising 31 homes for rent and 10 for shared ownership were built on the site of a former creamery in the rural market town of Sturminster Newton.
Formed as a cooperative in 1913, the creamery is a historically significant building that was purchased by the Milk Marketing board in 1937; it moved to Dairy Crest ownership in 1994, but was closed in 2000. Highwood took the proposed project to Raglan in early 2009 and its permissions for a wider scheme included the development of a 60-bed care home, retail, offices, a class B1 employment building as well as the 41 residential units.
Following the work that has now been completed on the original creamery building, the ground floor of the 6500 sq. ft. building has now been leased to the National Farmer’s Union, who took up occupation in May 2012.
The scheme event includes the ‘Jubilee Path’, a footpath that terminates at Station Road and joins the North Dorset Trailway, which lies beyond the creamery site and links areas of landscaped open space with the new development.
We remained sensitive to the concerns of local residents throughout the consultation phase and held a series of public exhibitions and meetings to ensure the mixed-use development would support small-scale economic activity, extend the range of services available to the local community and enhance the local environment.