Britain’s new homes crisis is no better illustrated than in Greater Manchester, where around half the number of new homes needed in the city over the past year.
The Manchester Evening News, analysing figures from The Department of Communities and Local Government, reported recently that under half the estimated 10,000 new homes required by the city and its suburbs every year were actually built in the year to April 2015.
Following the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s commitment to funding the creation of more new affordable homes in his Autumn Statement, Matthew Good, planning manager at the Home Builders Federation and member of the Housing the Powerhouse coalition, said: “The proposed Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make sure we plan for enough new homes and employment space over the next 20 years. Making sure we get this right now is imperative to developing a strong, successful and resilient economy in our region.
“The GMSF latest consultation outlines three options for the next 20 years, to deliver either 7,300, 10,450 or 16,000 new homes a year in Greater Manchester. So far, our campaign has been highlighting the benefits of pushing this towards 16,000, both in terms of benefits to the local economy and for those wanting to get a foot on the ladder.”
Take a look at the WhatHouse? team’s favourite new homes in Greater Manchester and the rest of the North West here:
Leighton Hall in Preston, Lancashire (Aspen Woolf)
Buy-to-let investors will appreciate the assured yield of 7% per annum for five years on these brand new student apartments, which are already completed and occupied. With a sustained occupation rate of over 99%, these homes have proved popular with the student population as they are seconds from the Lecture Halls and just nine minutes from the shopping district.
The specification is excellent, with high-speed broadband, secure electronic entry and patrols, an on-site management office, manned reception, CCTV-monitored bicycle storage a laundry room and excellent common room facilities.
Find out more on WhatHouse? ; 01772 912354
Axis @ The Way in Manchester (Lovell)
Axis is the latest phase of two-, three- and four-bedroom properties on this popular site on the outskirts of Manchester city centre, on the doorstep of its abundance of culture, leisure facilities and retail options. It has already caught the eyes of the WhatHouse? Awards judges, having been recognised in 2013 in the Best Brownfield Development category.
The marketing suite is open seven days a week, from 10.00am to 5.00pm, and there are a number of show homes to view. The on-site team can talk through the buying options, which include the Help to Buy scheme, open to first-time buyers and home movers alike.
Find out more on WhatHouse? ; 0161 717 1618
Hartford Grange in Hartford, Cheshire (Redrow Homes)
From the WhatHouse? Best Large Housebuilder 2015 comes this collection of executive homes from its Heritage collection. These substantial four- and five-bedroom properties belie their traditional external appeal with a thoroughly 21st-century interior specification.
These new homes are set within an historic village in the beautiful area of Cheshire formerly known as Vale Royal, just outside Northwich. The area has good transport connections to the major cities by road and a station with connections to major stops such as Liverpool Lime Street, Birmingham New Street and Crewe.
Family buyers will appreciate the range of good state and private schools at primary and secondary levels in the local area.
Prices: From £734,995
Find out more on WhatHouse? ; 01606 212741
Ribble Meadows in Clitheroe, Lancashire (Barratt Homes)
Located on the edge of Clitheroe, this development offers semi-rural living, with open countryside, Edisford Park and the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the doorstep. On offer is a range of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, combining traditional and contemporary architectural feature and materials.
Close to town amenities, the railway station (just one mile away) and links to the M65, Ribble Meadows is ideal for commuters and local workers, with a High Street featuring big-name brands and numerous independent retailers.
You can visit the development from 10.00am to 5.30pm from Thursday to Sunday, or from 12.30pm to 5.30pm Monday.
Prices: From £249,995
Find out more on WhatHouse? ; 01702 416707
Forgehill Park in Workington, Cumbria (Persimmon Homes)
Just a handful of properties are left for sale at this development on Moss Bay Road, which was launched in 2012. More than 90 homes there are now occupied, with just three three-storey, three-bedroom ‘Greyfriars’ homes now left to fill, all of which are ready for occupation.
Persimmon Lancashire sales director Diane Finch says: “We opened Forgehill Park with a Jubilee-themed show home, because it coincided with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – and the site has been a right royal success! People love the great coastal location, within commuting distance of Carlisle and fabulous countryside, and the homes have been very popular with first-time buyers and families.
“These last houses offer very flexible accommodation, with Juliet balconies giving fabulous views over the Solway Firth from a first floor lounge, as well benefiting from a ground floor sitting room.
“For a limited time we are able to include the Persimmon Ultimate Offer which means buyers can access the Help to Buy or Part Exchange schemes, have their stamp duty paid and £1,000 towards legal fees and we even include flooring throughout the property, turf and fencing and gate to the garden.”
Prices: From £137,995
Find out more at www.persimmonhomes.com ; 01946 831885
Bower Brook Gardens in Widnes, Cheshire (Russell Homes)
This new development comprises 42 two- and three-bedroom homes of a traditional design set within landscaped grounds, with a children’s play area and green open space at its heart.
There are three different housetypes for buyers to choose from, each with an open-plan kitchen/diner which opens out into the lawned garden, with a sitting area or a separate lounge, and a downstairs cloakroom. There’s off-road parking for everyone
These new homes are situated just off the A557, within the M62 corridor, just 10 minutes from Warrington town centre and a half-hour drive to both Liverpool and Manchester city centres. Widnes train station is a 1.5-mile walk and gets commuters to Liverpool in 30 minutes and Manchester within the hour.
Bower Brook Gardens is within easy distance of a multitude of shops, restaurants, entertainments, sports facilities and excellent schools. The Help to Buy scheme is available to buyers.
Prices: From £120,000
Find out more at www.russellhomes.co.uk ; 0151 329 0628
The Prom @ New Brighton in The Wirral, Merseyside (Promenade Estates)
Only two apartments remain available to purchase of the 24 luxury seaside properties in this development, with a specification which includes an en suite master bedroom, AEG appliances in the kitchen, fully tiled bathroom and ‘winter’ balcony with sliding glass panels, as well as secure parking and CCTV coverage for residents. These new homes can be purchased with Help to Buy.
The new homes are the final phase of a regeneration scheme at Marine Point, just 10 minutes’ walk away from New Brighton train station, which has good rail links to both Liverpool and Chester. The regeneration has created a mix of restaurants, a cinema, retail units, a hotel and a children’s play centre on the doorstep.
Daniel Hynd, managing director at Promenade Estates, says: “The area has been transformed into a top leisure destination in Wirral, and the demand for The Prom apartments shows just how great New Brighton is to live and visit.
Prices: From £195,000
Find out more at 0151 702 0147 (Almond Properties)