This Week's News in Brief - New Homes Launches, Events and Offers   

Posted 7 February 2019 by Keith Osborne

We report on the launches, events and special events available for house-hunters looking for new build homes across Britain...

With the UK new homes market in full swing, the WhatHouse? team takes you through the very latest launches, events and special offers at developments taking shape across the UK... 


‘Fall in Love Open Days’ coming to retirement development – In a nod to Valentine’s Day, McCarthy & Stone is hosting ‘Fall in Love Open Day’ events at The Wickets, its development in Settle, North Yorkshire, on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 February. Taking place between 11.00am and 3.00pm each day, it’s a chance for potential buyers to take a look around the development and meet the team. Every visitor will receive a complimentary Valentine’s gift. The development is a collection of one- and two-bedroom apartments for over-60s, with prices for the two-bedroom homes currently starting at £309,999. Find out more about The Wickets from McCarthy & Stone 


Special event at Lincolnshire site this Friday – House-hunters who visit the marketing suite and two show homes at The Meadows in Dunholme this Friday 8 February will have the chance to enter a prize draw to win a voucher for a luxury two-night break in the hotel of their choice. It’s a special pre-launch event that is Chestnut Homes is hosting between 10.30am and 8.00pm that day, where potential buyers can also speak to the sales team, and independent mortgage advisors and solicitors to find out more about the house moving process. Find out more at

Two new show homes at Lincolnshire development – Chestnut Homes has opened to new show homes at Bridgeways, its development in the Lincolnshire town of Alford. Visitors to development can now take a tour of the two-bedroom terraced property, ‘The Nook’, and a three-bedroom detached property, ‘The Ledbury’, each fully decorated and furnished. Bridgeways is currently offering a selection of two-, three-, and four-bedroom homes, with prices starting at £139,950. Find out more at 



Three show homes to view at Canterbury development – Kent house-hunters looking for a three- or four-bedroom home can visit no fewer than three show houses at The Observatory, a Pentland Homes development in Canterbury. There are seven different house types on sale at this site, most of them detached with garages and additional parking. The Observatory is an eight-minute drive from Canterbury West, the well-connected railway station. Viewings can be arranged with the sales advisors between 10.00am and 5.00pm. Find out more about The Observatory from Pentland Homes or call 07525 234019 

‘Speed dating’ event at Staines-upon-Thames development next Wednesday – London Square is hosting a ‘speed dating’ event at its London Square Staines Upon Thames development from 5.30pm to 7.00pm on Wednesday 13 February. It’s a chance to speak to mortgage and legal experts there and to find out details about the choice of studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, each with its own private balcony or terrace. They will be set in four buildings and share a piazza with landscaped areas and a children’s playground. Prices are from £329,950 for a one-bedroom apartment, with selected units available with Help to Buy. Find out more at 

Help to Buy event in Hythe – This Saturday 9 February, Barratt Homes is inviting potential purchasers to learn more about the homes available and the government-backed Help to Buy scheme at its Martello Lakes development in Hythe, Kent. The event runs from 11.00am to 4.00pm and is also an opportunity to look around two show homes at the site, which offers a collection of three- and four-bedroom homes from £264,995, more than half of which are already sold. Find out more about Martello Lakes from Barratt Homes 

Launch for Hertfordshire development – This Saturday 9 February, Heronslea Group will be launching High Views, its latest development in Bushey, Hertfordshire. It will be delivering 22 high-specification, one- and two-bedroom apartments which are within walking distance from Bushey and Watford stations and have a range of shops and amenities close by. The development has lower ground floor parking, a lift to all floors, and video entry/alarm systems in each property. Some come with a private balcony. Prices are from £379,995. Find out more at 

Chichester development welcomes first visitors – The Pines has been launched near Chichester, West Sussex, with property-hunters in the area now able to see the range of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes there. Martin Grant Homes is building them in the village of Birdham, five miles south-west of the city and on the edge of the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Pines is delivering both semi-detached and detached houses as well as a limited number of detached bungalows, with each property having its own private garden and garages or a dedicated parking space. Families will find a number of highly regarded schools within easy reach of these new homes. Prices here start from £314,950. Find out more at

Imminent launch of third phase at Oxfordshire development – FABRICA by A2Dominion and Crest Nicholson is about to launch the third phase at Elmsbrook, part of the North West Bicester Master Plan in Oxfordshire. It is a zero-carbon residential development delivering 393 two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes to a scheme which will bring 6,000 new homes to the area. Elmsbrook combines energy efficiency and environmentally friendly materials with modern design and specification. With phases one and two completely sold out, prices start from £345,000 for a two-bedroom house in the latest phase. The new homes are within easy reach of local shops and amenities, and well connected to London, Oxford and Birmingham. Find out more at

Last home for sale at east Kent development – There is just one house for sale at Preston Grange, the David Wilson Homes development in Preston, a village ten miles from Canterbury, Margate and Ramsgate. The ‘Winstone’ on Plot 62 is a four-bedroom house has an open-plan kitchen/dining/family room with French doors, a study, lounge, and a separate dining room, with a master bedroom complete with a dressing area and en suite, an en suite second bedroom and a family bathroom. This property is available with Stamp Duty paid and can be purchased with Help to Buy, with prices starting from £494,995. Find out more about Preston Grange from David Wilson Homes 



Help to Buy event this weekend in King’s Lynn – Lovell is hosting a Help to Buy event at its Dewside development in King’s Lynn from 10.00am to 5.00pm on Saturday 9 February. Guests can visit the marketing suite and see the show homes and there is a specialist present to talk about how Help to Buy works for both first-time buyers and home movers. It’s a government-backed scheme that would allow someone to buy a three-bedroom ‘Gaywood’ house style (Plot 68), priced at £215,000, with a 5% deposit of £10,750 and a 75% mortgage of £161,250, with a Help to Buy loan of £43,000 (20%). Current availability includes a two-bedroom ‘Ingol’ house type at £177,000 and the four-bedroom ‘Glaven’ at £267,500. The development is open from Thursday to Monday, 10.00am to 5.00pm, with two show homes to view. Find out more at 

Work progressing at large Rochford scheme – Ashberry Homes is progressing well at Elizabeth Gardens in Rochford, Essex, its part of a 620-unit new homes scheme at the town. The housebuilder is currently building two to five-bedroom homes there, with prices ranging from £329,995 to £599,995. The sales centre at Elizabeth Gardens is open every day, between 10.00am and 5.00pm, and there are three- and four-bedroom show homes to visit. Find out more at 


Barratt London celebrates Chinese New Year – This week saw the start of the Year of the Pig in the Chinese calendar, and Barratt London is marking the luck and prosperity symbolised by the number 8 with a special offer on its new homes for people reserving at one of its developments to the end of February. At Landmark Place in the City of London, Blackfriars Circus in Southwark and Nine Elms Point in Vauxhall, where buyers at these developments will receive an ‘888 deal’, comprising an £8,000 furniture pack and an £8,000 discount on their new home, in addition to an £8,000 Stamp Duty saving. Find out more about all Barratt London’s developments 

Independent mortgage advisor at Orpington site this weekend – An independent mortgage advisor from Hurst Partners will be at London Square Orpington this Saturday 9 February, between noon and 4.00pm, to speak to house-hunters visiting the development in search of their new home. At this gated scheme, they have a choice of apartments from £330,000 and houses from £649,995. Find out more at 

Luxury homes launched opposite Harrods – There is a new collection of luxury duplex apartments now available located opposite the world-famous Harrods department store. No.32 Hans Road, has three thoroughly modern apartments, with interiors designed by Todhunter Earle, behind a beautiful period façade. Agent Harrods Estates is offering Individual apartments on a ‘turn-key’ basis, with prices starting from £7.75m, including bespoke furnishings and full interior design. The entire freehold property is offered at £23.95m. Find out more at 

Homebuyer event this weekend at east London – L&Q is hosting its East London Homebuyers Event at its marketing suites across the London Boroughs of Barking and Tower Hamlets between Friday 8 and Sunday 10 February. There are a variety of incentives across the sites, focused on service charges, legal fees and Stamp Duty. The developments covered are: New Union Wharf on the Isle of Dogs (prices start at  £395,000 for a one-bedroom apartment); L&Q Parklands at Barking Riverside (prices start at £62,500 for 25% share of a one-bedroom apartment under Shared Ownership); NEO in Stepney, E14 7NQ (prices start at £104,375 for 25% share of a one-bedroom apartment under Shared Ownership); and Weavers Quarter in Barking (prices start from £72,750 for 30% share of a one-bedroom apartment under Shared Ownership). Find out more and register at

New show home opens at luxury Blackheath development – Berkeley Homes has unveiled a new four-bedroom show home at its Forbury development in Blackheath. It is one of 10 four-storey townhouses at the scheme, built in a range of different styles to complement the area’s Victorian and Georgian heritage, and has been fully decorated and furnished by interior designer Nick Auston. It has its own patio and gardens area, open-plan kitchen and en suite master bedroom and guest room. Forbury is very close to local shops and amenities, Blackheath Common, and half-a-mile from the station, with a 13-minute journey time to London Bridge. This development also has 14 one- to three-bedroom apartments, with prices currently starting at £500,000. Find out more at 


New luxury homes come to Bothwell – Miller Homes has unveiled 15 luxury five-bedroom detached homes at Bothwellbank, a development on the banks of the River Clyde and on the doorstep of The Clyde Walkway and Strathclyde Country Park. Buyers have a choice of three different house types at the site, which is just half a mile from the village’s conservation town centre, with its shops, restaurants, pubs and amenities, with Bothwell Castle Golf Club nearby. The ‘Carnegie’ homes are priced from £660,000, the ‘Abercromby’ from £645,000 and the ‘Mackintosh’ from £620,000. All currently come with incentives to make your move even easier. More four- and five-bedroom homes will launch there on Sunday 24 February. Find out more about Miller Homes in South Lanarkshire 

Two show homes unveiled in Symington – Mactaggart & Mickel Homes has unveiled two show homes at Kelso Gardens, its development in the conservation village of Symington in South Ayrshire. The ‘Burnet’ and the ‘Miller’ are both four-bedroom houses, priced from £269,995 and £324,995 respectively. The development is bringing a range of three-, four- and five-bedroom homes to the western end of the village, which is well connected by the M77 and Troon railway station. From primary schools to golf clubs, the village and local area has a lot to offer. Find out more at 

Housebuilder opens largest show home ever – CALA Homes has just unveiled a property at its Riverside in Bothwell development which is its biggest-ever show house. The ‘Waterston’ is a five-bedroom home which stretches over 3,800 sq ft, decorated throughout by Envision Interior Design, and is part of a collection of 12 detached homes at one of the most sought-after residential areas in Scotland. Three of the house types on offer are unique to this development. The ‘Waterston’ is priced at £1.275m, with the ‘Enniston’ house type priced from £790,000. The show home and sales suite are open daily from 11.00am to 5.30pm. Find out more at 



Two show homes released for sale at Middlewich site – Elan Homes has put two show homes on the market as its Canalside development in Middlewich, Cheshire approaches being fully sold. Both the ‘Southwold’ and the ‘Brandon’ (priced from £309,995 and £319,995 respectively) are four-bedroom detached properties, fully styled by interior designers and decorated throughout, and both will be sold with carpets, curtains and light fittings are included, and the opportunity to purchase the furniture to complete the show home look. The housebuilder may also cover the cost of Stamp Duty or accept a buyer’s current property in Part Exchange. Other properties are still available from £299,995. Find out more at 



Over half the homes sold at Cheltenham site – Newland Homes reports that it has sold over 50% of the units at its Newland Gardens development in Springbank, Cheltenham. House-hunters in the South West still have a great range of two-bedroom apartments and two-, three-and four-bedroom homes available – 34 in total. Prices currently start at £180,000 and Help to Buy is available on all properties. The marketing suite and show home are open every day, from 11.00am to 5.00pm. Find out more at 

Launch of new development in Hereford this weekend – Crest Nicholson is launching a new development in Bartestree, Hereford this Saturday 9 February. Visitors to the Bartestree Grange site will also be able to take a look around a fully furnished show home. There is a choice of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes – 40 in total – to suit a range of requirements and budgets. Many are available on Help to Buy. Prices range from £231,950 to £469,950. Find out more at or speak to Andrew Morris estate agents on 01432 264711. [use pic Crest1] 



Valentine’s Day offer with Lovell in Wales – Lovell is offering house-hunters visiting sites across Wales a gift if they reserve a home there, and the chance of a romantic break at a five-star luxury hotel in the Celtic Manor Resort. The offer is available at The Mill in Cardiff, Oakfield Grange, Cwmbran and Ymyl Yr Afon, Merthyr Vale, between Thursday 14 and Sunday 17 February. Homes at these three developments are available from £280,000, £224,995, and £169,950 respectively, with Help to Buy Wales available at each. Find out more at 


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