Midlands project will include 3,000 homes, leisure centre and the development of a country park.

Five teams of housebuilders and contractors have been shortlisted to mastermind a £300m regeneration scheme in Coventry, moving the city’s transformation a step closer.

Lovells, Crest Nicholoson and Taylor Woodrow have been shortlisted for the project, along with Bellway in partnership with Wates, and Keepmoat in partnership with Westbury. The shortlist was created by Coventry City Council, Coventry New Deal for Communities (NDC) and Whitefriars Housing Association.

The scheme will include building 3,000 homes together with a leisure centre and buildings for commercial use.  The developer will also be involved in creating a country park for the area, encompassing parts of Wood End, Henley Green, Manor Farm and Deedmore.

Roland Crooke, masterplanning manager of NDC, commented: “We are delighted to have attracted such a high quality of development companies and consortia. By early next year, with the help of a team of legal and technical advisers we hope to have narrowed the list down to the final one or two developers”.

Once a final decision is made on the developer, the successful entrant will prepare an outline planning application and phasing plan to enable residents to know when they will be affected by construction work.