Homes at Warfield Park, Bracknell, Berkshire 

Warfield Park wins national award
Award for Social Responsibility
Landlord Award
Warfield Park has been awarded National Social Responsibility Company of the Year at the National Energy Efficiency & Healthy Homes Awards 2017. The awards dinner, which was hosted by Sir Lenny Henry, was held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, NEC Birmingham, recently.

Barry Sumner, Warfield Park’s managing director, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for our team. The awards result from our ongoing commitment to improve energy efficiency and performance of our park homes for our residents and tenants”.

The judges commented: “The all-encompassing methods employed by Warfield in addressing the needs of their Park Homes community were particularly liked due to the proactive maintenance tactics employed by Warfield to identify problems before they become serious. “The holistic approach taken to improve the ambience of the site made it evident that the social welfare of staff and customers is of paramount importance to this company.”

The awards are largely due to the ongoing upgrade works to improve energy efficiency and performance of park homes. Energy efficiency measures have been installed in 29 rental park homes under a government initiative, and the Park assisted 49 private residents to do the same during 2016. This is ongoing with a further 7 homes scheduled in for this year. “Although new park homes are considerably more energy efficient than the majority of the housing stock in the UK, there is always room for improvement,” added Barry Sumner, “especially with older park homes.”

The works on the Park were carried out by two companies; Omar Skinner and Sons and Insulated Homes Limited, the latter nominating Warfield Park for the awards. Apart from improving living conditions for residents, projected energy savings are anticipated to be in the region of £500 per year per home, with 920 tonnes of CO2 less emitted over the lifetime of the measures for each home.

The judges also added: “Outstanding achievements to deliver healthy non-traditional homes - a community we all would like to live in.”

Warfield Park extension to go ahead

Warfield Park has won its planning appeal against Bracknell Forest Council.

The Planning Inspectorate has published (September 27) its decision to overturn the Council’s refusal (June 2016) and allow 82 new park homes to be built at this award-winning park home Estate which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary.

Barry Sumner, managing director of Warfield Park, said: “This is a great decision for Warfield Park, enabling us to go some way to meet the high demand for park homes in the area.”

The decision to overturn the Council’s refusal was announced following a hearing in public in May.

Although Bracknell Council officers had originally recommended the application for approval, councillors had argued that the site was unsustainable, being too far from services and amenities. The Inspector, Sian Worden, concluded that the proposed development “Whilst not well-connected, neither would it be in a completely unsustainable location...”

Answering other objections that the extension to Warfield Park would do significant harm to the local environment, the Inspector found otherwise. She said: “…the proposed development would protect the character and quality of the local landscape and the wider countryside.”

Barry Sumner added: “Now we can begin planning the construction, as well as bringing forward a substantial SANGS (Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space). In the longer term, the infrastructure upgrades on the whole site which the extension will enable us to undertake, benefitting our wider community.”