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November 30th, 2023

All of the kitchen spaces at Chattowood are designed to a high specification and really make the best use of space. The exceptional quality and style make it a space you and your friends and family will want to spend time in. 


Many of our house types offer a spacious open-plan kitchen-diner area, which is the perfect setup for hosting. Enjoy spending time with your guests whilst simultaneously carrying on with the prep that is required for a dinner party! With brand new, high quality appliances you can feel assured that your food will be cooked to perfection. 


Once you have finished the big feast, you can retire to the spacious living area and relax on the sofa with a glass of fizz. Hosting over the Christmas period has never felt so good! 

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October 31st, 2023

Are you a first time buyer looking to make the move?

A new build home has many benefits for you including:

  • No property ladder

  • Blank slate for interior design

  • All new, high quality appliances

  • Brand new community 


When you buy a new home with Lanswood you will be investing in your future as well as the planet. As you may know our latest development, Chattowood (now selling), is in collaboration with Beth Chatto Gardens. Our responsible values on sustainability, ecology and biodiversity marry up perfectly. 


Each house also has a sustainable air source heat pump, which is one of the most economical, effective and environmentally-friendly ways to cover your heating and hot water needs. This will not only help you reduce your energy bills, but will also mean you are releasing no emissions into the atmosphere.

Aside from sustainability, we know that being in a fantastic location is hugely important. Our Chattowood development offers just that. With great transport links, nearby green space and plenty of local amenities you can feel rest assured you are making the best move. 


Get in touch to find out more about how Chattowood could be the perfect place for you.

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September 29th, 2023

In September attendees of a one day gravel garden course (held at Beth Chatto’s Plants and Gardens) made a visit to Chattowood. Beth Chatto’s head gardener said “our planting at Chattowood beautifully illustrates the sustainable principles behind selecting the right plant for the right place and then planting into sand in a modern domestic setting – we are delighted with the positive results so far and look forward to seeing how the planting further develops over time". 


The planting has developed so nicely over the recent weeks in line with the Chattowood community which is growing and flourishing! 


When you buy new not only do you have a blank slate to work with in your garden space, choosing exactly what you want to plant where, but there are a whole host of other benefits too, including: 

  • Opportunity to design and style the interior exactly how you please

  • A quick and efficient completion with no chain involved

  • Energy efficient with sustainable design 

  • A chance to become part of a brand new community 

To book a show home viewing, contact us today!

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August 30th, 2023

It has been fantastic to welcome lots more happy homeowners to Chattowood this Summer. There really is a growing sense of community with families, dog owners and couples alike loving their new homes. We love seeing our developments come together, watching the community grow as people embark on a new chapter of their life. 

Although we can’t complain too much about the weather, we are very much hoping for some more sunshine so that everyone can spend a little more time in their gardens simply enjoying the outside or doing a bit of alfresco cooking. The pathways in and around Chattowood are perfect for strolls in the evening to make the most of the Summer sun. 

On site we are busy completing the final phase. We do still have some plots available, from three bed bungalows to four bed detached homes. Why not book in to view our showhome and find out more about living at Chattowood.

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July 31st, 2023

The flowers and plants are thriving at Chattowood, thanks to the collaboration with our neighbours, Beth Chatto Gardens. Our bee posts make the perfect safe homes for pollinators and are getting very busy. It is so nice to see the development really come into its own with the residents and wildlife thriving.


Chattowood also benefits from beautiful pathways that weave through the development. These are the ideal places to take a lunchtime stroll, enjoy the wildlife or to give the little ones some extra space to stretch their legs. 


Summertime is the perfect time to enjoy your garden and everything it has to offer. From being a tranquil place to grow your favourite veggies, to a place where the children can run around and burn off some energy. There is also nothing quite like cooking and eating al fresco with friends and family. Enjoy the sunshine!



June 29th, 2023

Our stunning show homes are available to view! Beautifully decorated, you can experience our high quality homes first hand. We take pride in the top quality fixtures and fittings that can be found in every Lanswood property. Located adjacent to world renowned Beth Chatto Gardens in the picturesque village of Elmstead Market, choose from our range of 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes.


Amongst the plots currently available are The Morina and The Iris.


The Morina is a delightful three bedroom terraced style home with fantastic use of space and light throughout. The ground floor offers a versatile open plan space, with the upstairs boasting a principal bedroom with en suite alongside a further two bedrooms and family bathroom. 


The Iris is a four bedroom detached home featuring its own garage. With a beautiful kitchen and dining room and separate living area, enjoy plenty of space throughout the whole home. 


To book a show home viewing, contact us. 



May 30th, 2023

May has been a busy month on site at Chattowood, with a new road going in and house builds progressing. We have also been installing solar panels for some of our home buyers.


With soaring costs of electricity, many people are turning to solar panels to cut long term costs and to be more sustainable. We can install solar panels as part of the build program, enabling prospective buyers to experience significant cost savings without the hassle of work taking place following completion. Our solar panels are installed to MCS guidelines and have the infrastructure in place to easily add more. (Please note that cost savings only apply to buyers of plots at a stage currently prior to shell completion.)


Furthering our investment in sustainability, all of our homes at Chattowood have an EPC rating of B and feature air source heat pumps. According to a recent article (see below), energy efficiency has never been more important for homeowners. Improving your Energy Performance Certificate from an F to a C could increase the value of your home by 16%! The article suggests that green alternatives such as air source heat pumps are three times more efficient than gas boilers, and with the market soon realising that gas will be turned off, they are a sensible bet.



April 27th, 2023

Our site at Chattowood is progressing well this Spring. The slightly warmer weather is making the spacious South facing gardens seem all the more appealing! 

We are thrilled to have so many happy new homeowners, these lovely reviews speak for themselves: 

“We love our new home and Lanswood have made the whole process an absolute breeze. We were quite particular with the upgrades we wanted but this wasn't a problem as everything was quoted for quickly and installed to a top level. Special mention to Charlie on the after sales team as he has been very helpful getting any issues sorted shortly after moving in.” - Jordan 

“I have recently purchased a property from Lanswood, the whole process was smooth and we were kept in the loop with any updates. I cannot recommend Lanswood enough. The build quality is fantastic, the members of the Lanswood team that I met were extremely professional and polite. Excellent all round!” - Daniel 

“We bought our house through Lanswood Homes and have been blown away by the friendly, professional staff who supported us through the journey including Dan who went out of his way to ensure we were happy. The house itself is beautiful and good quality and we couldn't be happier! Thanks again to the lovely staff in the office for everything you have done for us! Especially Dan.” - N. Weaver



April 1st, 2023

Last week marked the end of March 4 CENS - a charity event raising money to support Colchester Engagement & Next Steps, sponsored by Lanswood.

Darin from Lanswood joined the participants for a final rainy walk on Friday, taking along some umbrellas! The participants had a 2 mile walk around Colchester together before enjoying a well deserved cup of tea and slice of cake. 

Over £7000 has been raised so far, with some amazing achievements including Sadie who completed the full 1 million steps by herself and William who held a bake & toy sale as well as completing the challenge with his family. Lindsey managed 100,000 steps in one day and one of our teams completed a huge 3 million steps!

It has been a wet, windy and icy cold month but that didn’t stop the fantastic participants stepping up to the challenge. The funds raised will help support the residents at CENS in their journey towards independent living. We are very proud to have helped support this amazing event.

Find out more about the charity and the great work they do by clicking the link below. 

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February 28th, 2023

Our latest venture is something truly groundbreaking. 

Market Field Farm is a vision to bring employment to the local area for people with Special Educational Needs, alongside education and skills training. This project aims to deliver a sustainable and ethical enterprise, making a real change where it is needed most.

From a library and small petting zoo to a cafe and plant nursery, this development will offer a diverse range of employment for people with Special Educational Needs and encourage visitors to support the community.

We already have a great deal of support for this but with your added help we hope we can make this vision a reality. Follow the 'show your support' link below to leave a supporting comment on the application.

You can also visit the website to find out more - .

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January 31st, 2023

We have two brand new show homes for you to enjoy! These two houses are beautifully decorated and built to the exceptionally high standard you can expect from all of our homes at Chattowood. 

The Paris is a 3 bedroom family home, combining traditional styling with modern interiors to offer a great use of space. 

The Linum is a fantastic 4 bedroom home; the perfect environment for family relaxation and entertaining friends. 

See them for yourself by booking your viewing. Call our agent Fenn Wright on 01206 763388.

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December 23rd, 2022

The whole team at Lanswood would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

For all our homeowners at Chattowood, we hope you have a fantastic first Christmas in your new home. We can’t wait to see this community grow and develop over the next few months. 

We are all very much looking forward to seeing what 2023 brings, as we help many more of you find your dream homes at Chattowood and beyond. 



November 30th, 2022

The next phase of Chattowood is coming along very well - despite all of the rain we have had recently! Plot 43, shown in the photo, is our latest completed Paris house type. This beautiful three bedroom family home combines traditional styling with modern interiors. With premium features and ample space throughout, this is the perfect place to relax and spend time together. 

Planting and installation of bee posts around Chattowood, in collaboration with Beth Chatto Gardens, is looking great and we are proud to have such a diverse range of wildlife around the development. 

We have seen more homeowners moving into their new properties and are enjoying watching the Chattowood community grow week by week. With new plots becoming available in the lead up to Christmas, book your viewing now.



October 26th, 2022

We are committed to providing nature with a home at Chattowood, in collaboration with Beth Chatto Gardens. In addition to the abundance of insect friendly plants around the development, we have installed bee posts to provide homes for various species of solitary bee that will thrive in these conditions. 

Dr Chris Gibson, Beth Chatto Gardens’ wildlife expert, recently conducted a survey. He found that there is a much larger variety and quantity of insects at Chattowood compared to a neighbouring development. We are very pleased to see that our commitment to the surrounding wildlife has shown to be successful. 

A woodland walk will be a further feature of Chattowood, situated in our woods next to Elmstead Brook. This will be ideal for families and dog walkers to explore, hosting a variety of wildlife. It is exciting to see the progress of this and we are looking forward to sharing the final result.

We also encourage you to bring nature into your home in the form of houseplants, natural materials and light. This is associated with improved wellbeing and can be approached in many ways. Try decorating with materials such as wood, clay & rattan or select natural colours for your new home. Nature related artwork and translucent curtains can also be great ways to bring the outside in.

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September 28th, 2022

Over the last month, we have seen the first of our new homeowners moving into Chattowood, with the lovely couple in the photo recently moving into Plot 4. Whilst this is a very exciting time, we also know it can feel a little overwhelming, which is why we leave you a memory stick with everything you need to know (and a bottle for you to ‘cheers’ with as you settle in!). We can’t wait to build up this new community further and see everyone enjoy their brand new homes. 

The next area of Chattowood is coming along well, with ground workers digging foundations for our final remaining plots. The planting, in collaboration with Beth Chatto gardens, is looking fantastic as it progresses. See our previous post to read more about this. 

Get in touch to book your viewing.

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August 31st, 2022

We are proud to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Essex Housing Awards 2022, in two categories.

Climate Action 

Lanswood looks to neutralise the carbon footprint for new homeowners wherever possible and we have undertaken processes and procedures that allow us to do so. This includes:

  • Air source heat pumps to significantly reduce carbon emissions.

  • Landscaping and planting by Beth Chatto’s Plants and Gardens providing specially tailored sustainable planting chosen to thrive in local soils and provide benefit to the local environment.

  • Electric vehicle charging points to contribute to the future infrastructure network and to reduce CO2 emissions, protecting the planet and keeping the air clean. 

  • Sustainable Drainage systems mimic natural drainage regimes and reduce the transport of pollution to the water. 

Working in Partnership

We partnered with national grade listed Beth Chatto’s Plants and Gardens with the vision to establish sustainable planted landscapes in our new development, Chattowood. This ties in hugely with our commitment to providing a more sustainable approach to new home development which will not only be beneficial to the home owners themselves, but to the community and wildlife as a whole.

Plants have been chosen with bees, butterflies, and insects in mind, increasing the natural diversity of the area considerably. The sand and gravel mix will also provide a home for several species of solitary bee, which burrow and nest in such habitats.



July 27th, 2022

Our first new homeowners have been moving in throughout the last couple of weeks and Phase 2 of Chattowood is well underway. It is fantastic to see the beginnings of this brand new community. 

For the past two years, we have ensured that all of our Lanswood homes are built with the latest sustainable features. A recent study by Natwest (2022) found that homeowners hold greener attitudes towards their houses more than ever before. 63% of UK homeowners now plan to make green improvements over the next 10 years. When you invest in a Lanswood home, you can be assured that energy efficiency is a top priority.

Be aware that the Help To Buy Equity Loan Scheme closes to new applicants on October 31st 2022. Take advantage of the opportunity for a 5% deposit and equity loan of between 5% and 20% of the purchase price of your new Lanswood home. If you’re over 18 and a first time buyer, get in touch now to reserve your home with this fantastic scheme. 



June 29th, 2022

We are excited to announce that the first phase of Chattowood homes have now all been reserved and the second phase has been released. Our team on site has been very busy preparing for completion of some of the plots, including brick cleaning and installing a new tarmac road. 

If you are looking to move into your new home before Christmas, give our agent Fenn Wright a call on 01206 763388 to organise a viewing. We have a brand new show home coming soon so keep an eye out for photos on our social media.



May 25th, 2022

Viewings at Chattowood are in full swing, with more plots being reserved. We look forward to welcoming our first residents in the next couple of months. If you haven’t already booked your viewing, be sure to call our agent Fenn Wright on 01206 763388 to secure your dream home.

On site, the outside spaces are starting to take shape. Each Chattowood plot comes complete with a secure garden including a patio area; perfect for gatherings and outdoor dining. We are sure your new home with us will tick all of the boxes.



April 30th, 2022

We are thrilled to announce the opening of our Chattowood show home and marketing suite. Our first open day was successful, with several reservations being made. 

To be one of the first to see our brand new show home and experience Chattowood in person, call our agent Fenn Wright on 01206 763388.

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March 30th, 2022

This month we were thrilled to have agreed the final sale at Belgrove Place, saying goodbye to a very special award winning development which cemented a style and quality carried forward to our next projects. 

Introducing our site management team at Chattowood - Charlie, Duncan and James. They monitor the smooth day to day runnings of the site, ensuring the high standard of each and every home is met.

We also released another house type - the Morina. This three bedroom contemporary terraced home makes the best use of space and light throughout. Check out all of the fantastic house types we have available by clicking the link below.

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February 25th, 2022

The Chattowood site has been a hive of activity. After making it through Storm Eunice, we poured our 50th foundation and reserved a further 2 plots; 30 and 68. 

Our fantastically designed two bed terraced-style houses (The Asters) are progressing very well, with the spacious living areas and large section of aluminum glazed bi-fold doors leading onto the patios taking shape.

Show home preparation is also well underway and will be open for viewings soon - watch this space!

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January 31st, 2022

Chattowood is progressing nicely, with viewings at the site coming in fast. We have already reserved the first plot, one of our two-bed terraced-style houses, which is great. Watching the homes take shape, with roofs and windows being fitted, is all very exciting!

Eric, one of our longstanding members of the team, was given the honours of doing the first coat of paint on the first house, which he was thrilled about. The team is making great progress and we are hoping to have the showhome finished and ready for viewings soon. 

To register for updates, request a call back or arrange a viewing, simply follow the link below and we will be in touch. 

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December 22nd, 2021

A very Merry Christmas from all of the team here at Lanswood. 

The last month has been very busy for us, with the release of our brand new Chattowood website and brochure. 

Have you seen our new house types yet? With a range of two, three and four bedroom homes in a variety of styles, there is something for everyone. 

‘The Aster’ is making progress on plots 1, 2 and 3. Aluminium bifold doors and upvc windows have been installed, which will allow lots of natural sunlight into the open plan living space. 

We are very much looking forward to seeing the development of this community and helping more people find their perfect home with Lanswood in 2022. Hope you have a fantastic New Year!



November 24th, 2021

We are pleased to announce that you can now register your interest for our brand new homes in Elmstead Market.

Chattowood is an exciting new collection of contemporary high quality two, three and four bedroom homes ideal for growing families, downsizers, professional couples and first time buyers alike.

Our thoughtfully designed homes combine traditional design, luxury interiors, modern styling and quality finishes. Some of the many features at all of the homes include underfloor heating, eco friendly Vaillant air source heat pumps, integrated kitchens with a choice of finishes, outside lighting and plenty of parking.  

With sustainability at the heart of what we do and landscaping by world renowned Beth Chatto Gardens, you can be sure to find your perfect new home with Lanswood. 

To find out more, click on the link below.

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October 27th, 2021

We are very excited to be collaborating with Beth Chatto Gardens on all landscaped areas across our Chattowood development. This continues our commitment to taking responsible actions, by investing in long term sustainability and ecology.

This is a unique collaboration opportunity for which they have designed a bespoke landscaping plan, including details about the placement and combinations of different plants.

We know that this is going to make a huge difference to the development here in Elmstead Market and can't wait to see the finished look! Follow our social channels to keep up to date with the developments.



September 29th, 2021

Our team has been hard at work on site at Chattowood, and things are starting to take shape. 

Block and beam flooring began at the start of the month, alongside continued drainage works. We also installed a substation onsite to accommodate air source heat pumps and electric car charging points. This was a substantial investment involving a 1.5 mile connection to Alresford, but is a key part in our commitment to sustainability. 

We have chosen to use Vaillant air source heat pumps at Chattowood, which use a refrigerant with a GWP of just 3; nearly 700 times less than other manufacturers, further reducing our environmental impact. 

Recently, we started the brickwork and we are now really starting to see our new homes take shape! We have made great progress with the formation of the access road to the development and the building of the first plots.

Be sure to follow along on our social media channels to be the first to find out about site updates and the release of our new Chattowood website.



August 31st, 2021

Things are beginning to get more exciting at Chattowood as we recently received our first CGI of the site. Here you can see what some of the houses will look like, giving you a feel for the relaxed, village-style development. 

We also recently released our logo, so keep your eyes out on our social channels for our new signage and branding!

Darin Shaikly, MD, says “Amazing work from the whole team whose attention to detail is paying dividends. Coordinating one major utility infrastructure network is a challenge for any development let alone three. Looking forward to bricks being laid in the next few weeks.”

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June 11, 2021

Planning permission has been approved for Lanswood to begin work on 282 new student flats in Hythe, Colchester. This is part of the regeneration agenda for the area and seeks to enhance the built environment.

Committee member Mike Lilley from Colchester Council said: "It is good to see a progressive, environmentally friendly development come forward."

Our outline plans also feature a cafe, meeting space, bin store, cycle store, laundry, reception, plant rooms and parking for 34 cars. We are looking forward to working with the local area to develop this site.

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February 19th, 2020

Lanswood Ltd, based in Elmstead Market, has submitted a planning application Tendring District Council for the development of land adjacent to Lanswoodpark Business Centre.

Lanswood Ltd hopes to transform 8 hectares of land into 10,000sqm of new commercial space, accompanied by 72 residential units. This translates into 8-10 new commercial buildings and a mixture of 3-5 bedroom houses.

Despite Lanswoodpark already being the village’s most significant business success story, the expansion is predicted to be transformational to Elmstead Market’s economy. Lanswoodpark is already a five-star employment base that sees 400+ people on site daily, across 40 businesses. If approved, this development could see at least a further 600 jobs being created.



January 25, 2020

The Tom Bowdidge Foundation will hold its sixth annual Feather Ball in February. The official headline sponsor of this year’s ball is Lanswood Residential and Commercial Developments.

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20th February, 2019

The site of a former warehouse could be redeveloped into an eight storey block with more than 280 student rooms. Lanswood Limited, based at Elmstead Market, has submitted outline plans to Colchester Council for the land in Hawkins Road.

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29th June, 2017

Organised by Age Concern Colchester the annual bonanza brings together a range of good causes and willing runners for a race down the town's high street. They are grateful to the Rotary Clubs of Colchester and their sponsors Lanswood Residential and Commercial Developments.

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20th September, 2016

The stunning red brick Victorian buildings of St Clements Hospital are being brought back to life as new homes by specialist developers Lanswood Residential. The St Clements site is being transformed.



January 25, 2015

Tech-giant Sauer Compressors has become the latest in a string of big-name companies to move to Lanswoodpark Business Centre in Elmstead Market.

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