• The Company, which was incorporated in 1958, was founded by Alan Cherry.
  • In its infancy the Company carried out small residential developments in Essex and East London.


  • In 1972 the Company was floated on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Residential development operations continued to expand.
  • Commercial property development activities commenced.


  • Work began on our first new community development at Chelmer Village, Chelmsford.
  • Graham and Richard Cherry joined as Graduate Management Trainees in 1980 and 1982.
  • Our involvement in affordable housing and design and build contracting began.


  • Works began on several new sustainable mixed-use community projects, including the award winning Great Notley Garden Village, Braintree.
  • In 1995 the Five Estates project by the Peckham Partnership, one of the Country's largest regeneration schemes, got underway.
  • In 1996 our regional operation in the North of England was started.
  • In 1998, in partnership with Taylor Woodrow, we were selected by English Partnerships to carry out the first of the Millennium communities - Greenwich Millennium Village.


  • Selected in 2001 for the residential element of Sports City which has spearheaded the regeneration of East Manchester.
  • In 2005 Copthorn Holdings Ltd, a 50:50 joint venture between the Cherry family and the Bank of Scotland, part of Lloyds Banking Group, acquired control of Countryside Properties PLC.
  • £450 million of financial facility were put in place by the Bank of Scotland.
  • In 2005 Countryside won the UK Housebuilder of the Year and Sustainable Housebuilder.
  • Record operating profits of £52.6 million were reported by the Company for its first full financial year (in 2006) following the Management Buy Out.
  • In 2008 Countryside celebrated its 50th anniversary and Accordia in Cambridge was the first residential scheme to receive architecture’s premier award the RIBA Stirling Prize.
  • A Commercial development programme of 5 million sq ft.
  • A £5.8 billion programme in total covering every aspect of development, including private housebuilding, commercial property, mixed-use and mixed-tenure schemes and recreational and community facilities.
  • During the decade we received more than 260 awards for design, regeneration and sustainability.


  • Our founder and Chairman, Alan Cherry CBE DL passes away on 23rd January 2010 at the age of 76.
  • Andrew Carr-Locke is appointed Executive Chairman in April 2010.
  • In 2013 Oaktree Capital Management makes a substantial equity investment into the Company and acquires a majority interest, with the Cherry family continuing to hold a significant share.  Lloyds Banking Group provides a new 5 year committed debt facility.
  • In October 2013 Ian Sutcliffe succeeds Andrew Carr-Locke as Executive Chairman. Andrew becomes a Non-Executive Director.
  • In February 2014 Oaktree Capital Management acquires Millgate Developments and merges them with Countryside.
  • In March 2014 Countryside launches its new branding.

Information correct as at 07/03/2014

Countryside Properties' first home, Essex 1959

Affordable housing in London Docklands late 1980s


Offices in Potters Bar late 1980s

Sustainable community at Chelmer Village 1980s

New housing in North West late 1990s

New housing in Accordia, Cambridge 2000s - winner RIBA Stirling Prize 2008