A cycle event has been able to raise £9,415 for charity even though it was unable to go ahead this month.
More than 700 riders were set to head out onto the Coventry and Warwickshire roads for the Starley Sportive on Sunday, April 26 – after the event was originally postponed due to Storm Dennis in February.
COVID-19 forced organisers Coventry Road Club, Coventry-based construction and development firm the Deeley Group and Coventry City Council to cancel the rescheduled date, although refunds were offered many generous riders have chosen to still donate their entry fees to charity.
The funds raised will be donated to primarily to support Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice – but some money will also be donated to Leamington-based Young People First.
Businesses who had already committed to supporting the event have also fulfilled their donations, with Eagledale, Wallsmart, Murray & Co, RM Contractors and TBL Fire Protection all contributing to the fundraising total.
A virtual ride took place via RGT cycling on the day the event was planned for, with all funds raised donated to support Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice through the coronavirus pandemic.
Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at the Deeley Group, said: “We were very disappointed to have to cancel the Starley Sportive this year but the response we received from cyclists who had already signed up has been fantastic.
“We would also like to thank all of our other partners who had pledged to support the event in 2020.
“The Starley Sportive is always a not-for-profit event and we ensure that as much of the funds raised as possible reaches our charities.
“We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at our 2021 event which will of course be taking place in Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture.”
This year the Starley Sportive teamed up with Coventry-based Etch & Pin ahead of the ride to create special pin badges to commemorate the event. They are awarding 100 of these badges in a free prize draw to riders who chose to donate their entry fees.
Ian Court, of Coventry Road Club, added: “Charities have been forced to cancel many of their fundraising events in recent months.
“So, we would like thank everyone who has donated their entry fees to support these charities in very testing times.”
Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director of the Deeley Group, casts her eye over how the planning system is adjusting to life in lockdown
At a time when people have been panic buying shopping for toilet rolls, cutting their own hair and congregating for karaoke parties during the lockdown, it is refreshing – and indeed rare – to highlight the planning structure as a model of good sense.
Despite the tragic events which have crippled countries across the globe and robbed families of loved ones, other aspects of life have to try to operate as normal or at least adapt to the unique circumstances in which we find ourselves.
I think everyone has been pleasantly surprised, for example, how quickly people have adjusted to working from home and meeting virtually.
It would have been all too easy for development and construction to grind to a total halt. While many of the aspects of the profession have been rendered impossible through restrictions, the Government flexing planning regulations has allowed a great deal of work to continue when otherwise it would have been forced to cease.
The change has allowed more planning matters to be agreed under delegated powers which means that there continues to be a flow of applications being processed.
As with all aspects of business during the lockdown period, precise preparation and clear communication are vital in ensuring officers have as full a picture as possible allowing them to be comfortable they are able to make the right decisions.
The changes to planning regulations have also given council’s certain freedoms to decide the best ways to operate within guidelines.
Planning meetings can, for example, be held remotely with members logging in over the internet or on the telephone. The location of a meeting can now be defined digitally such as a web address or video conference call rather than a physical place.
As long as committee members, officers and applicants can hear and be heard then a meeting can go ahead. Contributions from the members of the public if they are allowed to speak can be registered in advantage.
I wonder how many times committees would like to have had a “mute facility” at their disposal in real meetings!
Public consultations are, by their very nature, far harder to carry out during lockdown yet the Local Government Association Planning Advisory Service has urged local authorities to press on employing social media, interactive maps and online information, and utilising virtual groups through channels such as Facebook.
These are still early days relative to public consultations and there are more formal and structured elements to the process which may not be able to be conducted remotely, and there is talk of guidance being flexed to make that possible should this situation continue.
There are elements which have proved trickier to overcome. Some smaller councils do not have it within their constitution to make decisions without a physical meeting while traffic counts – a key factor in planning applications and consents – are impossible to measure when we are restricted to essential journeys only.
Again, if lockdown continues then the system will have to adapt and research has shown that more than three quarters of councillors are behind the process continuing virtually until the crisis is behind us.
What this dreadful time has shown is that, when the pressure is on and needs must, the planning system, which at times seems massively inflexible, can be shaped and moulded to mutual benefit.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that spirit of understanding and mutual working continued long after this horrible period is over?
In our latest blog, Elaine Freeman, designer at top interiors specialists Open Door Interiors, discusses the inspiration behind the interior design for the Deeley Homes development, The Meadows at Pillerton Priors.
When we were first outlining the interior design for the show home, the first elements to consider were the location and the stunning surrounding countryside which plays a key role in making The Meadows so impressive.
The colours, textures and patterns we picked were designed to bring in certain aspects of the surrounding landscape into the rooms, with rich emerald greens used to achieve a contemporary yet classic look.
This is particularly true of the wallpaper featured in the study – the emerald green uses a stunning crocodile effect to create a sense of depth and texture to ensure the room comes with an atmosphere which is conducive to home working.
We have featured bold elements throughout the property, with striking brass touches and natural-wash woods to contrast with a more elegant feel in the entrance hall and staircase.
The natural colours of the wash-wood creates a real sense of bringing the countryside to the interior and, in pairing it with a smart edge to the finishing lines of the rooms, it creates a very classic look, with a more modern and up-to-date twist without it being a slave to fashion.
The properties feel very ‘on-trend’ with the use of funky, bold colours that create a strong impact and are weaved throughout the homes, even through to the guest bathroom and hallway.
One of my favourite aspects of our work at The Meadows is the use of fabric wallpaper, which is becoming more popular as a simple, yet effective, way to really make a statement when decorating.
The velvet wall fabric used here evokes a more natural look and creates a sense of elegance for the property, adding a slightly more feminine touch to the décor.
The homes at The Meadows are finished to a high specification, using the best local materials with views across the stunning open countryside, which to us, was an aspect of each home that we really wanted to emphasise in the design.
For more information on The Meadows, Pillerton Priors, visit: https://www.themeadowspillerton.co.uk/
A multi-million pound development of commercial units has been completed in Warwick – and it is already fully let or sold.
All 15 of the new units created on the 30,000 sq ft site off Plato Close in Tachbrook Park have been snapped up by businesses and investors.
The £6 million development, known as T1300, was completed by Coventry-based Deeley Construction on behalf of property development and investment company AC Lloyd Commercial, which is also based nearby on Tachbrook Park.
Businesses from a wide range of industries are already moving in to the units – including new companies looking to be part of the Silicon Spa community in the region.
The units are the next stage in AC Lloyd Commercial’s development of the 132-acre Tachbrook Park site, which it has owned since the 1980s.
There is ample parking across the site, which also includes 30 charge points for electric vehicles – which is double the amount of plug-in points required in Warwick District Council guidelines.
Mark Edwards, managing director at AC Lloyd Commercial, said: “We have seen high demand for these units ever since they hit the market and before practical completion nearly all of the units had been let or sold.
“The final unit has now been taken up and it’s clear there is a need for commercial space of this type in Warwick.
“The development has gone well. We have a great working relationship with Deeley Construction and look forward to working with them on another project in the near future.
“We have added in a number of car charge points which will help to future-proof the site as we move further towards electric vehicles being the norm.
“Businesses are already moving into the new units and joining the already thriving business community at Tachbrook Park.”
The development marks the fourth time Deeley Construction and AC Lloyd have worked together on a project – with other recent works including a £9 million development at Kites Park in Princes Risborough in 2018.
Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “We have worked in partnership with AC Lloyd Commercial throughout this development to deliver it on-time and to a high-standard.
“For all the units to already have been let or sold proves there is a true demand for commercial space of this type across Coventry and Warwickshire.
“It is great to see businesses taking up space in the new units and we look forward to working with AC Lloyd Commercial again soon.”
PICTURE CAPTION: Martin Gallagher from Deeley Construction (left) with Mark Edwards from AC Lloyd Commercial at the development in Warwick
Deeley Construction has been appointed by the University of Worcester as one of six building firms on its renewed medium construction related works and refurbishment framework.
The framework, an approved list of building contractors the University has chosen to work with, will run for the next 3 to 4 years and covers construction projects of various values, from simple refurbishments to larger redevelopment projects.
Martin Gallagher, Managing Director of Deeley Construction, said: “We are delighted to be included on this framework.
“Deeley Construction has an excellent track record of working in partnership with universities and other educational establishments on a range of projects so we are looking forward to delivering for the University of Worcester on this framework.”
A university spokesperson said: “The University of Worcester is delighted to include Deeley Construction on our framework, who will help us to deliver the University’s exciting projects for the future. We are always keen, where possible, to work with businesses in the region and have chosen companies whose excellence and expertise will be invaluable.”
Building work is underway on a new Extra Care Living scheme in Chipping Norton after a ground-breaking ceremony last week.
The new scheme on land on Rockhill Farm is being developed by Housing 21 in partnership with West Oxfordshire District Council and Oxfordshire County Council, and will provide 80 one and two bedroom apartments for affordable rent and shared ownership. The development will offer people over the age of 55 a range of services and facilities including a 24 hour on-site care team for those who need it, a residents’ lounge and guest room plus a café/bistro dining area and hair salon, which will both be available to the local community.
The Extra Care Living development, located off Russell Way, is being built by Deeley Construction and is currently anticipated for completion in August 2021. The first residents are expected to move into their new homes in September 2021.
Cllr Lawrie Stratford, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Public Health Oxfordshire County Council said: “It is fantastic to see work begin at what will be a great development for our people over 55, offering an excellent standard of accommodation. It will also be so much more than just a place to live; it is being set up with the vision of creating an active and engaged community to support the wellbeing of its residents. We at Oxfordshire County Council were delighted to support this project with the land and to work with our partners Housing 21 and West Oxfordshire District Council to make this collective vision become a reality.”
Cllr Jeff Haine, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning at West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We are committed to ensuring enough affordable housing is built to meet the needs of local residents.
“We know there is a real demand for housing of this type in the District so it is fantastic to see this significant development getting off the ground.”
Lorraine Jenner, Head of Extra Care at Housing 21 said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council and West Oxfordshire District Council to provide the latest Extra Care scheme in Chipping Norton.
“Housing 21 is the leading provider of Extra Care across England, providing at least 10 percent of the country’s provision. We will be working closely with the local schools, older people’s groups and the social work teams in Chipping Norton to ensure a fully integrated and community feel to the scheme upon opening. This ceremony marks the beginning of a very exciting build journey in the area!”
Martin Gallagher, Managing Director of Deeley Construction, said: “We are delighted to be working with Housing 21 and the wider partnership on this much-needed new Extra Care scheme that will help to meet the needs of the local community, which is important to us as a Midlands company.
“We have delivered many schemes in the housing and care sector, but this is our first with Housing 21 and it has been great to be part of such a collaborative process.”