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Scheme using Sheppard Robson's £60k house wins CABE approval - image

CABE has heaped praise on to a residential scheme which will use Sheppard Robson's £60k houses.

In its design review of developer Crest Nicholson's proposals for the former Linton Hospital site in Maidstone, Kent, the watchdog 'wished the project well'.

The review comments stated that CABE was 'pleased to comment on this proposal, arising from the Design for Manufacture Competition, which seems to have the makings of a good and welcome housing development in the area'.

It continued: 'We think the site plan is simple and effective, with an appropriate density, and that the model of the low-cost housing that the scheme provides is clearly capable of being used in a flexible and creative way.'

There has been a great deal of excitement surrounding the £60k house after the competition was launched in April 2005 by what was then the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

After winning the competition ( Sheppard Robson lands £60k house prize), Sheppard Robson will be deploying its £60k house in three sites around the country, identified by English Partnerships.

by Richard Vaughan

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