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The Latest News From The Leicestershire Market

Posted 13 November 2020 by Keith Osborne

Leicestershire sees the launch of new collections of homes and some special offers to house-hunters across the county...

There’s a busy property market across England right now it’s no different, particularly in the new homes sector.

It’s always a busy time of year with people keen to move in before Christmas and some great deals from housebuilders hoping to sell before their financial year-end. Add to that factors like the pent-up demand caused by summer lockdown, the current Stamp Duty holiday and upcoming major changes to the Help to Buy scheme, and it is not surprising that house-hunters have a lot to take in right now.

Redrow East Midlands has released a first look at some of the 163 new homes being built at its Chantry Mews development, situated off Tay Road in New Lubbesthorpe. This is part of a huge project bringing 4,500 homes, health facilities, shops and three new schools with 15 minutes of Leicester city centre.

Chantry MewsChantry Mews

With one- to four-bedroom homes on offer, including apartments and bungalows, Chantry Mews development will be perfect for first-time buyers, larger families and downsizers alike. The home types, such as the three-bedroom ‘Amberley’ and four-bedroom ‘Cambridge’, come from the company’s highly regarded Art and Crafts-inspired Heritage Collection. The first properties will be released for sale in Spring 2021.

Ryan O’Sullivan, head of sales at Redrow East Midlands, said: “We know that life in lockdown has changed what house buyers want and need from a new home and this development will offer the best of both worlds; complete with high-quality homes and vibrant urban amenities, in a rich rural setting that is well connected to the surrounding areas. This is our fourth development in Leicestershire and it’s wonderful to be able to show people what this fantastic new community is going to look like.”

Find out more about current Redrow developments in the East Midlands.

There’s just one home remaining for sale at Bluebells, a development in Shepshed from well-respected regional housebuilder William Davis Homes. Plot 208 is the four-bedroom ‘Seaton’, which is priced at £435,000 and can be purchased with the Help to Buy scheme. This house type is well suited to family life. At the front of the house you’ll find a separate study and dining room, which provide plenty of options whether you want to create an additional family room or turn one area into the perfect home office space you’ve always wanted. At the back of the house a separate lounge and open-plan kitchen with breakfast area both feature French doors allowing you to step out onto the rear garden. In the hall at the centre of the house are the stairs up to the first floor, which has a family bathroom and four bedrooms, including a principal bedroom with an en suite shower room and two built-in wardrobes.

‘Seaton’The ‘Seaton’ at Bluebells

Right now William Davis Homes is also offering houses at sites in Thurmaston, West End and Market Harborough.

Find out about all current William Davis Homes developments.

Mulberry Homes is expanding its popular Kingsbury Park development in Lutterworth, with phase three coming soon, named The Mulberries. Located off Coventry Road, this will consist of a collection of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, with construction work now underway.

As part of the Mulberry Way initiative, Kingsbury Park will be providing electric car charging points, available for guest parking, as well as automated smart parcel delivery boxes, where parcels are guaranteed to be safe and sound. The housebuilder’s Landscaped Green Garden Boundaries Initiative will also be available on the homes at The Mulberries, providing residents at specific homes the privacy by enhancing property boundaries with pleached trees.

Kingsbury ParkKingsbury Park

Kerry Jones, sales director at Mulberry Homes, said: “Our homes in Lutterworth have been in high demand with Kingsbury Park selling extremely quickly. We’re delighted to have received planning consent for the next phase and look forward to the sales launch.”

Since commencing its Distinctly Local campaign at the beginning of the year, the company has contributed over £10,000 to charities and businesses nearby to its developments, including ones in Leicestershire, throughout the pandemic.

Jones added: “A key element of our Distinctly Local campaign has been to forge lasting partnerships with communities local to our developments, particularly in the midst of the current pandemic. We’ve been delighted to have been able to support a range of independent businesses throughout the year, especially at a time when many have been struggling financially.”

Find out more at mulberryhomes.co.uk.

With a limited time to use the Help to Buy scheme in its original format, before it is overhauled next year, but David Wilson Homes is offering a few four-bedroom homes at its Fleckney Fields development which, if the application is submitted by 15 December, will qualify for the current scheme.

Located just off the A6, the village of Fleckney is halfway between Leicester and Market Harborough, an easy commute. It has its own shops and amenities, and the 'Outstanding' rated Fleckney C of E Primary School is within walking distance.

Of the available homes, the ‘Winstone’ on Plot 73 is a detached property with an impressive 1,746 sq ft of living space. For £509,995, the buyer gets an open-plan kitchen/breakfast/family room, utility room, separate lounge and dining rooms, dedicated study, a family bathroom with separate bath and shower and four generous double bedrooms, two with an en suite and the bonus of a dressing area in bedroom one.

The ‘Holden’ on Plot 76 is for sale from £439,995 and. The 1,536 sq ft of living space offers kitchen/dining/family room with utility room, a lounge, study room, four-piece family bathroom, three double bedrooms (one with en suite) and a single bedroom.

Find out more about Fleckney Fields from David Wilson Homes.


Case study: The Hitchings family

After gaining inspiration from social media, a Leicester homebuyer turned to Instagram to show how she and her family have put their stamp on a new build property at Barratt Homes’ New Lubbesthorpe development.

Charlotte Hitchings, an executive assistant, and husband Pete, incubator manager at Loughborough University, secured their third home together at the Tay Road development in Leicester with their sons Eddie and Will.

To showcase the unique characteristics of her family’s four bedroom home, Charlotte decided to set up her own Instagram account @the_family_den to share her interior inspiration and is gaining an ever-increasing number of followers.

The HitchingsShe said: “I definitely have an interest in interior design. Flicking through a homes and interiors magazine, other Instagram accounts and Pinterest are some of my favourite pastimes and I love that I get to share my ideas with other people now. For me, Instagram is a chance to show how our house can look when it’s at its most perfect.”

The flexible layout of the detached ‘Cambridge’ style home has allowed the couple to tailor the property to their needs by turning the separate dining room into a playroom for their sons whilst still having a ‘grown up’ lounge space for themselves.

Since moving into their property, the Hitchings family have been able to enjoy woodland walks and plenty of green space at New Lubbesthorpe whilst being just a five-and-a-half mile drive from Leicester city centre.

Find out more about New Lubbesthorpe from Barratt Homes.


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