The West Midlands has seen encouraging levels of housebuilding over the past year – with the highest levels of new homes being registered across the region since 2007.
This, along with the availability of purchase assistance schemes such as Help to Buy, is encouraging news for those who aspire to own their own home.
The chief executive of the National House Building Council (NHBC), Mike Quinton, said the detached home in particular is enjoying a resurgence, as well as semi-detached homes, while the proportion of new flats being registered has been shrinking.
Below we have picked out a variety of current new housing developments in the West Midlands that includes apartments, terraced properties, townhouses, semi-detached homes and detached, executive properties:
Pennine Grange in Tamworth, Staffordshire (Redrow Homes)
Brand new three- and four-bedroom homes are on sale at Pennine Grange in the large, historic market town of Tamworth: the second biggest settlement in Staffordshire after Stoke-on-Trent, located just 18 miles from Birmingham city centre.
The development is just three miles from the heart of Tamworth, which offers an excellent range of amenities including 27 primary schools, five secondary schools and a sixth form college, with some primary options within walking distance.
The location is also very well-connected; the A5 passes through town, and the M42 lies just east, with junction 10 only minutes away by car. As well as offering easy access to Birmingham, commuters can also easily reach Coventry (23 miles) and Leicester (28 miles). Trains from nearby Wilnecote station will get you into central Birmingham for work or leisure in less than 20 minutes, while Birmingham International Airport is only 15 miles away along the M42.
For leisure time there's plenty to do, including year-round skiing at the Snowdome; entertainment at the 10-screen cinema and bowling alley; visits to nearby Drayton manor theme park or the town's historic castle and moat; and golf at the famous Belfry.
Prices: From £227,995
Find out more about Pennine Grange from Redrow Homes
Barnfields in Church Aston, Shropshire (Galliers Homes)
Barnfields is located in the village of Church Aston, approximately one mile from the town of Newport, which offers a variety of amenities, including a Waitrose, a market and a selection of pubs and restaurants.
With Telford less than eight miles away and easy access to Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton and Stafford, Barnfields enjoys a rural yet well-connected setting that’s ideal for families and commuters. Church Aston is serviced by a direct bus to Telford, Newport and Stafford, and nearby train stations in Telford provide connections with Shrewsbury, Birmingham, Mid and North Wales.
All within one mile of home at the development are Moorfield Primary School, Adams’ Grammar School and Newport Girls’ High School, each rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Prices: From £330,000
Find out more about Barnfields from Galliers Homes
Burntwood Manor in Burntwood, Staffordshire (Taylor Wimpey)
Situated close to the beautiful, 900-acre Chasewater Country Park, this development also benefits from being less than 10 miles from Wolverhampton and 26 miles from central Birmingham.
Incorporating a selection of two-bedroom apartments and two-, three- and four-bedroom homes on the edge of the town of Burntwood, this development looks set to have a wide appeal – although current availability only includes two-bedroom apartments.
There is a good choice of amenities in the town itself, including schools, a leisure centre and a large supermarket, while busy Cannock and historic Lichfield are both just a few miles down the road.
For commuters, there are quick road links from the development to the A5, the M6 toll road, the M6, and the M54, while Lichfield railway station is only five miles away and Birmingham Airport 23 miles.
Prices: From £119,995
Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk or call 01543 223158
The Lyng in West Bromwich, West Midlands (Barratt Homes)
The fourth and final phase of homes at The Lyng is now being developed, with a selection of modern, energy-efficient two- and three-bedroom homes now available.
Just 6.5 miles from the centre of Birmingham, The Lyng is situated in an area that is enjoying a major transformation and rejuvenation. This contemporary development will provide a total of 334 new homes once complete, creating a new community in West Bromwich that incorporates parks and a play area, and is just a few minutes' walk away from the large and popular Greets Green Park.
There is a good primary school close by; the railway station is just a mile away; and the town centre offers great shopping facilities. There are also excellent transport links, as well as green, natural spaces to escape to – such as Sandwell Valley Country Park, the river Tame and the branch canal.
Prices: From £129,950
Find out more about The Lyng from Barratt Homes
Arden Heights in Coleshill, Warwickshire (Bellway Homes)
This brand new development of two-, four- and five-bedroom homes is situated in the historic Warwickshire market town of Coleshill, which again has a great range of local amenities and superb transport links into the city of Birmingham.
The town's High Street is lined with interesting independent shops, inns and restaurants, and Coleshill also hosts a weekly country market as well as a monthly farmers' market and vintage fair. The larger town of Sutton Coldfield is nearby, home to many high street retailers, and Birmingham is also within easy reach for an endless choice of shopping and entertainment options.
For leisure time, there is also the Star City entertainment complex just a short drive away offering a cinema, bowling complex and other indoor recreational facilities, and there are also natural, open spaces close by such as Sutton Park and Kingsbury Water Park.
Commuters can easily reach Birmingham city centre by public transport via Coleshill Parkway train station, less than two miles from Arden Heights, which offers direct and regular services into Birmingham New Street. There are also quick road links with the M42 and M6, while Birmingham International Airport is about a 10-minute drive away.
Prices: From £388,750
Find out more at www.bellway.co.uk ; 01675 466642
Opal Gate in Fladbury, Worcestershire (Kendrick Homes)
Located in the attractive, sought-after village of Fladbury, about five miles from the larger market towns of Pershore and Evesham, Opal Gate is a pleasant development of just 18 new homes.
This includes a selection of substantial five-bedroom properties with a high specification. Opal Gate is conveniently close to the village's local amenities including two pubs, a primary school, a butcher, a village hall, and a recreation ground. Known for its beautiful springtime blossoms and lively Fladbury Festival, the village is in a handy spot for trips into Worcester city centre, which offers a good choice of restaurants, shops, and entertainment.
There is also the added benefit of being close to the M5, offering links to other parts of the West Midlands and to the South West. From Pershore station, there are direct trains to London Paddington.
Prices: From £270,000
Find out more at www.kendrickhomes.co.uk ; 07817 670359