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Metis Homes Begins Construction at Farriers Court

Metis Homes has commenced construction at Farriers Court, a rare development of 18 new homes located in the heart of Easebourne.
Adam O'Brien, Managing Director of Metis Homes, and .Jonathan Russell, Chief Executive of Cowdray Estate.

This is the first of three schemes to be developed, in a major partnership between Metis Homes and the prestigious Cowdray Estate.

Positioned on Egmont Road, the 0.7ha (1.7 acres) site is well underway with foundations being laid. Adam O’Brien, Managing Director of Metis Homes, met with Jonathan Russell, Chief Executive of  Cowdray Estate, to show him around.

Farriers Court is perfectly situated in the hub of the vibrant community, approx. 250 metres from the village centre with the renowned Cowdray Farm Shop and Café and its award-winning, locally sourced produce. Also within easy walking distance is Easebourne Park, filled with nature trails for dog-walks, running and cycling. The Cowdray Estate, famed for its numerous premium country pursuits and hosts to the prestigious polo club and championship golf course, is moments away. The neighbouring town of Midhurst is on the doorstep too.

The new  development will deliver 10 two-bedroom characterful terrace homes, each with a separate study, west-facing garden to capture the evening sunlight, and energy efficient extras such as solar PV panels and EV car charging points.

A further two-storey apartment building will offer eight one and two bedroom apartments. 50% of the development will be allocated for much-needed affordable housing.

Adam O’Brien from Metis Homes, said: “We are delighted to have started construction on the first of our prized Easebourne sites, which are being delivered in partnership with the Cowdray Estate. This is a landmark scheme in an iconic destination and will leave a lasting legacy. These homes have been sensitively designed to be in keeping with the heritage of Easebourne village and protect the listed buildings, but at the same time deliver much needed housing to this area of West Sussex.

“Working alongside the team at Cowdray Estate is an honour and our Farriers Court development is focused on enhancing the legacy of high-quality homes that the Estate has maintained through generations.”

The architecture of the scheme, by JTP Architects, has taken inspiration from the surrounding area but will feature a modern contemporary style. The exteriors of the modern mews style homes will feature red bricks and plain red tile hanging, some with projecting brick features, along with plain red roof tiles.

The apartments will be a similar style with red brick and red tile hanging, but with dark grey window frames and matching dark weatherboarding for a striking contrast.

Green infrastructure has been carefully integrated as part of the development plans, the houses will have green roofs on the flat roof above the rear elevation with open green spaces,  rain garden, ponds and new planting of shrubs and native trees, to enhance wildlife corridors.

Easebourne is a mile from the market town of Midhurst. London Waterloo can be reached in an hour from Haslemere train station (eight miles). The M25 is accessed via the A286 and A3. Guildford is 22 miles and Chichester is 13 miles.

The development is expected to take around 12 months to complete.

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