News in brief from the new homes scene, Week 43 2017

Posted 26 October 2017 by Keith Osborne

We take a look at new homes launches, offers and events for house-hunters taking place around the country this weekend...

Across the country, many housebuilders find October one of the busiest months, with some homebuyers hoping to be in their new property by Christmas and others planning already for next year. The following offers, events and launches will appeal to a broad spectrum of house-hunters…


New show home to open at Gloucestershire village site

House-hunters in the south-west of England now have a new reason to seriously consider David Wilson Homes’ Saxon Gate development in the village of Leonard Stanley, near Stroud – a new show home that is opening on Saturday 28 October.

To date, purchasers have been reserving units at this site from another development, Park Farm in Thornbury, north of Bristol, but the new show home gives everyone the chance to see design and build quality for themselves, and be inspired by the stylish interior decoration.

The development has a mix of four- and five-bedroom homes currently priced from £375,000, and the show home is a luxurious ‘Henley’ house type, a detached family home with four double bedrooms, a single bedroom, large open-plan kitchen/family room and separate dining room. This house type starts at £550,000.

“The ‘Henley’ makes an ideal home for families looking to settle down,” says sales director Louise Ware. “All of the houses here at Saxon Gate have been beautifully-designed to provide spacious living accommodation for a variety of different lifestyles, from young professionals to growing families. But I know the team is looking forward to showing off this particular design when we open to visitors at Saxon Gate.”

Find out more about Saxon Gate from David Wilson Homes.


Open Day at Canning Town Shared Ownership scheme this weekend

East City PointWith the deposit required as low as £7,000 at the development, Clarion Housing Group is inviting potential buyers under the Shared Ownership scheme to visit is East City Point scheme in Canning Town, east London, to an Open Day event this Saturday 28 October.

Purchasers who qualify for the scheme may buy an initial share of as little as 25% – a sum of £102,625 – based on a full market price of £482,500 on a two-bedroom duplex property at the site. Some of the properties at the site benefit from their own terrace and a parking space.

East City Point is being constructed in Canning Town in the London Borough of Newham, close to ExCeL, London City Airport and Canary Wharf, as well as within convenient reach of Stratford and the City.

Find out more about East Ciity Point at ; 020 7539 3745


Lifestyle Living launches new Scottish age-exclusive development

Lifestyle Living, a division of Britain’s largest builders of retirement property McCarthy & Stone, is launching a new development of 23 units called Westerly in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire, on the outskirts of Glasgow, on Friday 27 October.

The launch event for the over-55s scheme takes place at Boclair House Hotel on Milngavie Road – prospective buyers can book by appointment or attend a drop-in session from 2.00pm to 5.00pm, in order to find out more about the choice of properties in the popular suburb to the north-west of the city. There’s also an opportunity for those keen on what they see to make a reservation for the property they want.

Lorraine Paterson, sales and marketing director for McCarthy & Stone, says:  “We’ve created a truly wonderful place to call home at Westerly. As well as a choice of two-bedroom apartments with a premium specification, each apartment includes either a private balcony or terrace. This development is also home to an impressive sun lounge for the shared enjoyment of all owners.”

Attendees to the event can see plans for the range of apartments and learn more about what the area and city offers them, with the first properties ready to move into next summer.

Find out more about all McCarthy & Stone’s developments


Five Shared Ownership properties released at Hertfordshire development

Origin Housing has announced the release of five three-bedroom homes in the village of Brookmans Park in Hertfordshire, all of which can be purchased under the Shared Ownership scheme.

Ideal for families, the prices of these houses start at £162,500, representing a 35% shared of the market price of £650,000. Each has its own private garden and a high internal specification including luxury kitchens with quartz worktops, top-of-the-range Bosch appliances and high-grade bathrooms.

Simon Scott, head of sales and marketing for Origin Housing, says: “Family houses available through Shared Ownership remain remarkably rare here in London and the South East – house prices across the region mean a high proportion of young families are priced out of the property market. Green Close will give families the opportunity to start putting down roots in an area which offers excellent schools, plenty of green space and brilliant connections into central London.”

The development is a short walk from Brookmans Park station, which has services into King’s Cross, and a few minutes’ drive from the A1(M) and M25. The village has its own good range of shops and is close to even more in Hatfield and Potters Bar.

Find out more at   


Housebuilder submits plans to redevelop Exeter school site

WesterlyWell-renowned south-west housebuilder Acorn Property Group, together with Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education, have submitted plans for 147 homes and pre-school and retirement accommodation located on the current school site, which is situated in the sought-after Topsham area to the south of Exeter.

The detailed application shows plans for 147 two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes on the 8.5 acre site, along with re-located pre-school accommodation and a new care home and assisted living units, brought to the site in collaboration with retirement specialists Castleoak. The housebuilder expects consent for the scheme in spring 2018, with construction to start in 2019.

Robin Squire, regional managing director for Acorn Bristol, says: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Acorn to deliver further homes in the Exeter region and regenerate a major site in a prestigious and high-profile location. We are excited to be working with Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education and our development of this important site will deliver innovative, high-quality housing while enabling the school’s move to a new location.”

Find out more about Acorn Property Group at

New show home unveiled at Kent development

Millwood Designer Homes is opening a show house at its new Windsor Meadow development in the Kent village of Marden this weekend, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 of October, to give property hunters a chance to find out more about the 85-unit development.

Marden is conveniently located for major town such as Ashford, Maidstone and Tonbridge, as well as having its own station for links to Tunbridge Wells and central London. The village is also located between the North Downs and High Wield, perfect for anyone who enjoys scenic outdoor life.

The development will provide a wide range of property types, from two-bedroom terraced homes to five-bedroom detached houses. Prices start at £230,000. The new show home is ‘The Lenham’, with four bedrooms, kitchen/family/breakfast rooms, utility room, separate dining room, living room and study, as well as cloakroom and family bathroom. There’s an impressive specification throughout.

Philip Brown, sales director at Millwood Designer Homes, says: “Windsor Meadow is within walking distance of the station and local amenities whilst also benefiting from a quiet, leafy residential setting. We hope potential purchasers will find the highly anticipated new show home at Windsor Meadow inspiring and inviting.”

Find out more at ; 01622 832576


Launch event for new Worcestershire retirement development

Wood NortonSaturday 28 October sees a launch event for specialist developer Richmond Villages’ eighth retirement development, a Worcestershire site that will see 107 new homes for over-55s alongside a 60-unit care home. 

The event, taking place at Wood Norton Hotel in Evesham from 10.00am to 4.00pm, unveils plans for the development, which offers a mix of independent living apartments and ‘village suites’, which offers residents a hotel-style service to help with daily chores. Prices for properties start at £265,000, with completion expected in 2019 and a show home opening early in 2018.

The development has far more than homes to offer, with residents able to use a café bar, restaurant, private dining, residents’ lounge, wellness spa with swimming pool and gym, and a hair and beauty salon among other facilities. Details of all these facilities, together with the medical and emergency support offer, will be available at the event.

“We know from the interest at our other villages that there is an increasing demand for what we offer, and are delighted that construction is already underway.  We very much look forward to becoming part of the community of Wood Norton and its surroundings,” says Paddy Brice, managing director.

 Find out more at


New show homes open in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire

Luxury property developer Harron Homes opens not one, but two show homes at its Hockley Croft development in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire this weekend.

Katie Charlesworth, sales director at Harron Homes Yorkshire, says of the properties: “The ‘Edlingham’ and ‘Salcombe’ show homes aim to capture the imaginations of prospective buyers, giving them the chance to picture a life in this charming corner of North Yorkshire. We would encourage those looking to make their next move to visit Hockley Croft, explore these fabulous show homes and get a feel for this truly splendid location.”

The ‘Edlingham’ is double-fronted and comes with a kitchen/dining room with adjacent garden room, a dining room, living room and home office. Upstairs, two of the five bedrooms are en suite, with an additional separate family bathroom completing the first floor. The ‘Salcombe’ has four double bedrooms, with the master bedroom en suite and with its own dressing room, while downstairs in lounge, home study, family/play room and a spacious kitchen/dining room and separate utility room.

Find out more at


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