The latest report from new homes warranty providers and industry standards organisation NHBC shows a dramatic dip in the construction of new build homes in Wales.
With 861 new homes registered in the principality in the second quarter of 2016, numbers are down around 30% from the same period last year, when 1,234 new residential units were registered. On a rolling annual basis, to the end of June, numbers are down 23% from 2015 to 2016, from 5,415 to 4,189.
The numbers for Wales are dramatically different from the UK as a whole, where 6% more homes in the private sector were registered in Q2 2016 then Q2 2015, and up 1% when combined with the public and affordable sector.
Supply numbers do not help change the shortfall of new homes demanded in the country, but we show here some of the top new builds for sale now through large and small housebuilders across Wales right now:
Glan yr Afon in Swansea (Persimmon Homes)
This is a new collection of 90 two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, close to both the marina and great transport links. It is also within easy reach of the city centre and seafront, bringing shopping and leisure within close proximity. There is also a range of English- and Welsh-speaking schools to choose fom.
Persimmon’s Home Change scheme is available for those moving up the property ladder, while the govermment-backed Help to Buy Wales initiative is also an option for movers and first-time buyers who can offer a 5% deposit.
The development is open to visitors five days a week, from Thursday to Monday, 11.00am to 6.00pm.
Prices: From £129,995
Find out more about Glan yr Afon from Persimmon Homes
Wepre Green in Connah’s Quay, Flintshire (David Wilson Homes)
With a range of three- and four-bedroom homes available, all well within the £300,000 threshold of the Help to Buy Wales scheme, this North Wales scheme is an ideal option for first-time buyers and home movers alike.
Close to Wepre Park and the Dee Estuary, this development is in close proximity to local shops and beautiful countryside, while road and rail links mean commuters remain well connected. The area is also well served with schools for children of all ages.
The marketing suite and two show homes are open Monday from 12.30pm to 5.30pm, and from Thursday to Sunday, 10.00am to 5.30pm.
Find out more about Wepre Green from David Wilson Homes
Parc Aberkinsey in Rhyl, Denbighshire (Anwyl Homes)
These three- and four-bedroom homes are surrounded by open countryside and benefit from lovely views from the outskirts of the south-east of Rhyl. The specification includes a host of well-respected manufacturers, including Symphony kitchens, Zanussi appliances and Ideal Standard sanitaryware.
From its tranquil rural setting, Parc Aberkinsey is ideally located for all the amenities on offer in the nearby towns of Rhyl and Prestatyn. The A55 is within easy reach and provides good links to the motorway network, allowing easy access to the cities of Chester, Liverpool and Manchester.
Two show homes are open seven days a week for house-hunters to discover the build quality of the scheme and gain inspiration from the professionally dressed interiors.
Prices: From £140,950
Find out more at about Parc Aberkinsey from Anwyl Homes
Parc Celyn in Cwmbran, Torfaen (Taylor Wimpey)
This new development was recently opened by Caleb McDuff, who is just eight years old and is profoundly deaf. The young go-karter has been sponsored by the housebuilder and he has ambitions to become the first deaf Formula 1 racing driver.
Sara Taylor, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “We’re delighted that Caleb was able to attend our launch event and carry out the official opening ceremony. Our opening weekend was a great success, and now the first selection of plots has been released for sale, I’d encourage anyone looking for a new home in Cwmbran to visit us and find out more!”
The first properties to be offered are three- and four-bedroom house types, with two-bedroom homes to be released at a later date. There are two show homes for visitors to see seven days a week: the three-bedroom ‘Aldenham’ and four-bedroom ‘Whitford’.
Prices: From £187,995
Find out more about Taylor Wimpey’s new homes developments
Gatewen Village in Wrexham (Bloor Homes)
The final phase of homes has been released for sale at this development, located in the village of New Broughton in the heart of the scenic North Wales borderlands, with a range of three-, four- and five-bedroom properties currently available.
These new homes are situated just two miles from Wrexham town centre, surrounded by beautiful countryside and with easy access to Chester and the M53, M56 and M6 motorways.
The development has a range of amenities on its doorstep, including shops, takeaways, a playing field and a primary school, while Wrexham’s many shopping and leisure attractions are just a short drive away.
The sales office at Gatewen Village is open daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm.
Prices: From £199,995
Find out more at www.bloorhomes.com ; 01978 896804