The shortage of new housing is more acute in the West Midlands than it is in the East Midlands, and house buyers there continue to feel the squeeze as even fewer new properties come onto the market – while demand goes through the roof.
The increase in demand is partly the result of a rising population, and partly down to increasing rental prices which are encouraging longer-term tenants to take the plunge and get their foot on the first rung of the property ladder.
The good news is that mortgage rates are the most affordable they have been for years - so many experts are advising prospective buyers to move as quickly as they can. And despite the reported scarcity, we have managed to find plenty of interesting new developments across the West Midlands.
This latest selection spans Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, the Black Country and Birmingham itself, offering a good starting point for many property seekers in the region – whether first-time buyers, or those hunting for a more substantial property.
Cherry Tree Park in Bevere, Worcestershire (Bellway Homes)
This contemporary development of brand new two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes in Worcester is located close to the Malvern Hills, yet only two miles from Worcester city centre. The wide range of property sizes means it will appeal to young professionals as well as large families seeking a spacious, substantial home close to well-regarded schools.
Many of the homes have garages or off-street parking, and all are finished to a high specification and with turf to the front gardens.
Entertainment and shopping options can be found just down the road in Worcester city centre, while the Malvern Hills, 13 miles away, are an ideal destination for weekend adventures away from it all.
For commuters, the development is only ten minutes' drive from two railway stations. Foregate Street offers trains into Birmingham New Street, Hereford and London Paddington; Shrub Hill offers services to Gloucester, Bristol, Weymouth, Oxford and London Paddington. Cherry Tree Park is also within easy striking distance of the M5 motorway, which links with Birmingham, Gloucester and Exeter; the M42, connecting Bromsgrove, Solihull and Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire; and the M40 between London and Birmingham.
Prices: From £136,150
Find out more at www.bellway.co.uk ; 01905 759379
Uplands Mill in Biddulph, Staffordshire (Bovis Homes)
Known as the ‘garden town’ of North Staffordshire, Biddulph is less than nine miles from Stoke-on-Trent and less than five miles from Congleton in Cheshire, yet it has open countryside and moorland within a five-minute drive of any part of town.
Uplands Mill is situated on the northern outskirts of Biddulph, yet is less than a mile from the centre, placing local shops and services within easy reach. There are properties at the site to suit first time buyers as well as those shifting up the property ladder or hoping to gain more space, giving Uplands Mill a wide appeal.
The town itself has a great range of amenities such as schools (including several primaries within a mile of the development), shops, and health, leisure and sports facilities. Derbyshire's Peak District National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty, is close by, while commuters can quickly access junction 17 of the M6 at Sandbach, less than 12 miles away.
Prices: From £161,995
Find out more at www.bovishomes.co.uk; 01782 908005
Woodland View in Telford, Shropshire (Barratt Homes)
Three- and four-bedroom family homes are available at this Barratt development in Shropshire, which forms part of the Lawley Village area of Telford. Barratt will bring a total of 147 homes to the area, all of which are energy efficient and conveniently located just minutes from Lawley Square, which is home to a large Morrisons supermarket, a pub and various food outlets.
The homes there are also energy efficient, situated less than two miles from the M54, and about three miles from the centre of town – while a new school has recently opened nearby for those families that have young children.
Prices: From £189,950
Find out more about Woodland View from Barratt Homes
Highfield Gardens II, Edgbaston, Birmingham (Taylor Wimpey)
Coming soon to the leafy suburb of Edgbaston in central Birmingham, this Georgian-inspired development with a modern take will offer 36 bespoke one- and two- bedroom apartments, plus seven four-bedroom townhouses, all with plenty of individuality.
Edgbaston is an affluent and sought-after area of the city, home to the University of Birmingham and numerous leading private and independent schools. It is served by two railway stations: University station in south Edgbaston, and Five Ways station in the north. The A38 runs also through the area, with many bus services stopping along the route, while north of Edgbaston the A456 provides a relatively quick link with the city centre and destinations further afield such as Halesowen, Kidderminster and Hereford.
Highfield Gardens II is set to open in less than three months' time, and potential buyers can register their interest now online.
Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk ; 0121 227 0877
Rowley Grange in Rowley Regis near Dudley, West Midlands (Redrow)
Recently opened for a preview period but now closed temporarily ahead of the full launch, Rowley Grange is located beneath Turner’s Hill, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the highest point in the West Midlands. The location combines hilly views and Black Country appeal with the convenience of being within easy reach of Birmingham city centre for work and leisure (just 19 minutes away by train, or 45 minutes by road via the M5).
The area is home to a great selection of primary and secondary schools rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted, which will add to Rowley Grange's appeal amongst families, and there are local amenities close by in Rowley Regis and nearby Oldbury. Dudley is three miles away, Birmingham eight miles, Wolverhampton nine miles and Kidderminster 16 miles.
Find out more about Rowley Grange from Redrow Homes
Trentham Manor in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (St Modwen Homes)
A range of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes are currently available at this popular development, located in the desirable Trentham suburb, less than six miles from Stoke-on-Trent city centre and just three miles from the award-winning Trentham Gardens.
The new homes have been designed with the housebuilder’s philosophy of light and height in mind, featuring higher-than-average ceilings and large windows to create bright, open spaces.
Bev Hall, sales and marketing director at St. Modwen Homes, says: “We’ve had a lot of interest in our new homes at Trentham Manor and with our four new show homes now open, showcasing four of the eight available house designs, the public can see the St Modwen Homes’ difference for themselves.”
The marketing suite and show homes, located off Stanley Matthews Way, are open Thursday to Monday between 10.00am to 5.30pm daily.
Prices: From £153,995
Find out more at www.facebook.com/TrenthamManor ; 0844 243 4520