The East Midlands' proximity to London, combined with easy connections to several national motorways, have encouraged the region's growth as an economic hub – and this is one of the driving forces behind the high demand for homes there.
There is, however, a significant shortage of property coming to the market, which means house buyers can face fierce competition when they launch their property search – as they battle for ownership against so many other prospective homeowners, as well as buy-to-let investors keen to cash in on the region's growing importance.
Despite this, we've found a good selection of new housing developments from various house builders located across the region, which includes Derbyshire, Leicestershire, most of Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland.
Our round-up this time incorporates some options that might suit first-time buyers or downsizers, as well as properties to suit those planning to rise up the property ladder into a more substantial home.
Barratt at Newton Village in Stenson Fields, Derby (Barratt Homes)
Situated on the edge of the city of Derby, this development offers two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, including some options suitable for first-time buyers.
There is a local supermarket within walking distance of the development, and a primary school nearby that received a "Good" rating from Ofsted. Residents can take strolls along the tow path of the Stenson Bubble Lock and Marina, and the centre of Derby is only 20 minutes away, and the A50 a mile away – making it a handy location for a wide range of work and leisure activities. For trips further afield, regular trains from Derby station take you straight to Nottingham, Birmingham or St Pancras in London.
Prices: From £124,995
Find out more about Barratt at Newton Village from Barratt Homes
Dragonfly Meadows in Northampton, Northamptonshire (Taylor Wimpey)
This wide range of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes is situated in a great location on the edge of Nene Valley Country Park, and within just a few minutes’ drive of Junction 15A of the M1 motorway, offering superb commuter links.
Neighbouring lovely Northamptonshire countryside, Dragonfly Meadows is part of a brand new village settlement on the edge of Northampton, about four miles from the town centre. Ultimately the new village will be home to a primary school, a playground, landscaped open spaces, and a local centre with shops and other amenities.
From Northampton railway station, in the centre of town, there are regular trains into London Euston (about 67 miles away) and Birmingham New Street (about 50 miles away) among many other destinations.
Prices: From £219,995
Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk ; 01604 214796
The Quays in Lincoln, Lincolnshire (Beal Homes)
This Dutch-inspired £15m development at Burton Waters incorporates contemporary two-, three- and four-bedroom marina homes just 15 minutes from Lincoln city centre.
Featuring distinctive architectural features, properties at The Quays offer open-plan living spaces designed for relaxing and entertaining, with far-reaching views across the marina.
Outside, there are walk-on balconies and garden terraces, and the local area is home to a new waterside promenade lined with shops, cafés, restaurants and boutique shops.
Find out more at www.beal-homes.co.uk ; 01522 722037
Rockingham View in Market Harborough, Leicestershire (Redrow)
This diverse development currently has four-bedroom properties available, although it incorporates two-bedroom bungalows right through to spacious and sophisticated five-bedroom properties, with many further options due to become available soon.
Combining classic architecture with modern convenience, all the homes are finished to the same high standards, nestled within the tranquil town of Market Harborough - yet within easy striking distance of key commuter routes, making travel elsewhere effortless.
Many of the homes will be well-suited to families, and for those with school-aged children there are many educational choices available in the town and the surrounding area.
Prices: From £449,950
Find out more about Rockingham View from Redrow Homes
Castle Park in Sleaford, Lincolnshire (Taylor Lindsey Homes)
Just a short walk from Sleaford's lively and historic town centre, and with the A15 close by for easy access to Lincoln and Grantham, The Castle is ideally located for shoppers and commuters. Sleaford is situated on the edge of the fertile Fenlands, about 11 miles from Grantham, 16 miles west of Boston, and 17 miles from Lincoln.
The development incorporates a total of 143 new two-, three- and four-bedroom semi-detached and detached homes in 10 different styles, catering for a wide range of buyers. Properties there are selling quickly, however, with only a few options now remaining.
Sleaford is the only market town in Lincolnshire now served by both north-south and east-west train lines, and the station is within a five-minute walk of Castle Park.
Families are also well catered for with year-round local events and attractions and several primary and secondary schools within the town.
Find out more at www.taylorlindseyhomes.co.uk ; 01529 306398
Langton Green in Lincoln, Lincolnshire (Lindum Homes)
This striking development of 13 architect-designed, energy efficient homes is situated in a quiet suburban setting, away from the hustle and bustle of Lincoln city centre, yet within easy striking distance for commuters.
Built to Level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, Langton Green offers a choice of three- and four-bedroom properties incorporating solar energy for electricity and hot water, as well as water recycling, triple-glazed windows. enhanced thermal insulation, and other eco credentials.
The popular West Common and local cycle routes are close by, making the development ideal for those who plan to cycle or walk, and by road residents will enjoy easy access to the A46 (to Nottingham and Leicester) and the A57 (connecting to the A1, Sheffield, Leeds, etc). There are also decent public transport options thanks to Lincoln’s railway station and public bus service.
Find out more at www.lindumhomes.co.uk ; 01522 852452
Buckby Grange in Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire (Linden Homes)
The first new homes at the Buckby Grange development are due for completion this summer. The 199-home site will comprise a collection of three-, four- and five-bedroom homes in terraced, semi-detached and detached styles, including the stylish four-bedroom detached ‘Claremont’ show home.
Burton Latimer is commutable to many East Midlands locations, and is just over half-an-hour by road to Northampton and Bedford. It is also close to Kettering train station, which has a fastest journey time of 49 minutes into London St Pancras.
Linden Homes are holding a preview evening on 7 April where prices of the first releases will be available along with a copy of the brochure.
Find out more at www.lindenhomes.co.uk ; 01604 652755
Anvil Mews in Stamford, Lincolnshire (Allison Homes)
Anvil Mews is an exclusive collection of ten stone townhouses situated in the market town of Stamford, recently been voted one of the best places to live in the UK and is often described as “the Cotswolds without the cars”.
Anvil Mews has been carefully designed to blend in with the pretty traditional limestone buildings of the area and sits just outside the old town wall.
The houses themselves, while being built in keeping with the town’s historic architecture, offer a very contemporary lifestyle with an eye to high-quality design and finish. Anvil Mews is a mix of three- and four-bedroom houses arranged around a central block-paved gated courtyard. With just six houses available it offers the perfect opportunity for owner-occupiers and investors alike.
Prices: From £520,000
Find out more at www.allison-homes.co.uk ; 07717 895399
Jubilee Gardens in Bedford (Charles Church Developments)
The housebuilder has recently released new four- and five-bedroom homes at this development, overlooking the stunning country park, as well as the ‘Stamford’ four-bedroom detached showhome.
The development offers a range of contemporary and traditional three-, four- and five-bedroom homes, with areas of open space and ecology enhancement.
Situated in a beautiful village located to the South West of Bedford, the development provides easy links to Bedford, Milton Keynes, the M1 and the A1 as well as local amenities such as shops, post office, dentist, pharmacy and more. Jubilee Gardens is close to a new primary school with pre-school provision, new sports facilities and a local centre.
Prices: From £284,995
Find out more at www.charleschurch.com