Potential house buyers in East Anglia will be relieved to hear the news that the government is now planning to address the housing supply shortage that has made the region's market so fiercely competitive – creating a fairer housing market for the future.
February saw East Anglia's house price rise once again, with many experts claiming the price tags are simply too ambitious. But many new developments in the region offer purchase incentive schemes to help buyers secure their home – and some offer more affordable shared ownership schemes, often with the option to buy additional shares at a later date.
Here's our latest round-up of new developments in East Anglia, including one that has just been launched this month – with options including starter homes for first-time buyers right through to developments offering substantial executive family homes.
Grosvenor Park in Attleborough, Norfolk (Taylor Wimpey)
In the heart of Norfolk, this collection of energy-efficient two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom houses and bungalows is situated just minutes from the vibrant market town of Attleborough, in an area with excellent road and rail transport connections. Norwich, for example, is only 16 miles away, and is easily reached via the A11, or by train in just 20 minutes – and there are also easy connections to Cambridge, London and beyond.
The location is ideal for families with school-aged children thanks to an excellent choice of infant, junior and high school options in the area, plus there are great shopping facilities and local family attractions to explore such as Banham Zoo.
Shared Ownership options are available on some two- and three-bedroom homes for buyers with a connection to the Breckland Council area who are looking for an affordable way to move home or get their foot on the first rung of the property ladder. These are for sale at 75% of the market value, with an option to purchase the remaining 25% at a later date.
Prices: Current three-bedroom options from £209,995.
Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk or call 01953 660509
The Mallards in Brundall, Norfolk (Kier Living Eastern)
Situated enviably close to the county city of Norwich and the popular seaside resort of Great Yarmouth, this development in the beautiful village of Brundall will offer a range of attractive three-, four- and five bedroom homes. Surrounded by the peaceful Norfolk Broads, The Mallards offers plenty of choice to suit different types of buyers, and is already generating a lot of interest.
“Brundall is a sought after location and a wonderful place to live,” explains Kier Living Eastern’s sales and marketing director David Thomas. “Our site is in the heart of the village and (within) walking distance from most of the amenities.”
Perched on the banks of the River Yare, and next door to the RSPB-managed Mid Yare Nature Reserve, Brundall has a thriving community, a good choice of shops and food outlets, and other handy local amenities such as a medical centre, a primary school, a chemist, a supermarket and a hairdresser. Brundall station is a ten-minute walk from The Mallards, where commuters can catch trains to Norwich in 13 minutes, Great Yarmouth in 23 minutes, and Lowestoft in 36 minutes.
Prices: From £274,995.
Find out more at www.kierliving.co.uk or call 01603 717084
Saxon Fields in Blofield, Norfolk (Kier Living Eastern)
Set in the peaceful and historic Norfolk village of Blofield, which dates as far back as the Domesday Book, Saxon Fields is another interesting development from Kier Living, made up of contemporary three-, four- and five-bedroom properties.
“We’ve had lots of interest in Saxon Fields from all sorts of people, including first time buyers and growing families. It’s no surprise, given Blofield’s fantastic location close to the Norfolk broads, beautiful coastline and everything that Norwich has to offer,” says Kier Living Eastern’s sales and marketing director David Thomas.
The village of Blofield has a decent selection of its own amenities to cater for everyday living, including a post office, doctor's surgery, primary school, hairdresser, pub and library -- while the cosmopolitan city of Norwich is only eight miles away for a wider selection of shops, leisure and employment options.
Prices: Only four- and five-bedroom homes are currently available, priced from £359,995 to £484,995.
Find out more at www.kierliving.co.uk or call on 01603 717084.
The Gables in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire (Weston Homes)
Split across two city locations, The Gables is made up of one-, two- and three- bedroom conversion houses and apartments, and brand new three-, four- and five-bedroom houses.
All of the homes are carefully designed to incorporate luxury, modern fixtures and fittings such as designer kitchens with quartz stone worktops and high specification bathrooms with porcelain tiling.
Peterborough is very well situated for access to a wide range of destinations throughout Essex and Cambridgeshire, as well as to London and destinations along the M11 corridor. Peterborough Railway Station, about half a mile from The Gables, provides an important link for the East Midland Main Line, with high speed services running from Edinburgh to Kings Cross. The Gables is also only seven miles from junction 17 of the A1, offering quick access to the M25 and cities such as London. Both Northampton and Milton Keynes are also within easy reach.
Prices: From £362,995.
Find out more at www.weston-homes.com or call 01733 313360
The Alders at Birch Gate in Wymondham, Norfolk (Taylor Wimpey)
Just launched this month, The Alders at Birch Gate is a brand new development of stylish two- to five-bedroom homes situated in the historic market town of Wymondham, which is surrounded by gorgeous Norfolk countryside.
This well-connected town is 11 miles from Norwich, with rail links to the city as well as Cambridge and other destinations, making it ideal for many commuters. There are primary and secondary schools within the local area, plus a local leisure centre with a gym, swimming pool, spa area and café. The town hosts a weekly market, and is home to restaurants, cafés, shops and supermarkets.
In addition to the new homes being built, Birch Gate will incorporate brand new facilities for its residents and the wider community, including public open space and recreation areas, footpaths and cycleways, wildlife spots, and shops.
Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk or call 01953 660522
Holt House, The Green, Redgrave, Suffolk (Burgess Homes)
Just one individual five-bedroom detached home with garage is available in the small village of Redgrave in Mid Suffolk, situated on the border with Norfolk. This property from Burgess Homes represents a rare chance to secure a large individual plot that houses a substantial farmhouse-style property. Designed with south-facing aspects, spacious rooms and triple garaging, the property is in a secluded spot along a quiet country lane surrounded by mature trees and hedging.
Redgrave is traditional Suffolk village just seven miles from the larger market town of Diss and its handy mainline train service, which offers services to London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Redgrave itself has a village pub, church, community shop and playing fields, while Diss offers a far wider range of amenities such as local shops and national retailers, well respected schooling options, pubs, playing fields, and plenty of other sports and leisure facilities. Other nearby villages include Botesdale and Rickinghall, which also offer a good range of services such as a post office and Co-op store, so there are plenty of options to cover day-to-day essentials.
Price: On application.
Find out more at burgesshomesltd.co.uk or call 01379 898152