Leading homebuilder names road at scholar’s place after Alsager family

Charles Bennion

Barratt and David Wilson Homes North West has honoured a local Alsager family, by naming a street at its Scholar’s Place development, Charles Bennion Road after the farmer who used to own the land.

The Bennion family formerly farmed the land that the development is now built on, before it was the subject of a compulsory purchase order in 1940.

Charles Bennion was the owner of the land prior to World War II and his Grandson Charles Bennion has fond memories of playing on the land as a young child, which has become poignant in recent years as he now suffers from Alzheimer’s.

Help to Buy makes the difference for first time buyers in Bristol

New Homes Week

As New Homes Week gets underway (May 14-18) latest government figures reveal that more than 2,700 homebuyers in the Bristol area have used Help to Buy to purchase their new home.

The figures reveal that 2,736 people in Bristol and North East Somerset, the City of Bristol and South Gloucestershire have used the scheme since it was launched in April 2013.

Help to Buy has been particularly vital to help first time buyers onto the property ladder with this sector accounting for 81 per cent of sales.

Andrea Pilgrim, sales director for five star housebuilder Barratt Homes, said the scheme has been a real game changer. 

Heathcote pupils learn about hedgehogs with habitat donation from David Wilson Homes

Hedgehog Awareness Week

David Wilson Homes has celebrated Hedgehog Awareness Week (30th April-6th May) by donating two hedgehog homes to a local primary school in Heathcote next to its Poets Meadow development.

Heathcote Primary School has welcomed the donation of the Hogilos as part of the awareness week as its ‘Heathcote Hedghogs’ class is currently learning about the little critters and will be able to find out more about them with their new hedgehog homes.

The Hogilos will be put in the play area of the school and keep the little creatures safe from any prickly situations. The habitats are recommended by experts to provide a sturdy and waterproof home for hedgehogs seeking shelter.

Help to Buy proving a real hit at Oak Point, Hillingdon

Help to Buy scheme

The Government’s Help to Buy scheme is proving a real hit with first time buyers in Hillingdon wanting to get on the property ladder at Clearview Homes’ latest development, Oak Point. So far over a third of the development has been reserved off plan using the scheme.

Oak Point consists of just 26, one and two-bedroom spacious apartments, in a stylish contemporary building with all properties having outside space in the form of a private terrace, balcony or private garden. Set in the residential area of Sutton Court Road, the development also benefits from established local services and amenities and good commuter links, with Hillingdon station just over a mile away with connections to Metropolitan and Piccadilly underground lines.

Busy Brits multitask at bath time

Multi-tasking Brits

Multi-tasking Brits are combining their hobbies and pastimes with their daily bathroom visit, according to new research.

A survey of 1,051 UK adults carried out by interiors etailer,, revealed that we are Multi-tasking Brits and that 62% of Brits combine bathtime with their favorite hobbies.

More than half (53%) of Brits listen to music whilst spending time in the bathroom, showering, bathing or pampering. Multi-tasking Brits

The research found that 42% of Brits catch up on their favourite box sets, stream videos and movies whilst taking a dip. 

RSPB and Barratt extend partnership to give nature a home in West Sussex


A unique partnership between the RSPB and Barratt Homes has been renewed and extended for another three years. The partnership aims to deliver more wildlife friendly housing across the West Sussex region, helping to give nature a home.

Barratt and the RSPB will work together to boost biodiversity and promote wildlife. Through such initiatives as hedgehog highways, wild bee friendly planting and swift bricks, the aim of the partnership is to help all forms of wildlife and nature on new housing developments.

Gen Z In The Market For New Build Homes

Gen Z In The Market For New Build Homes

Generation Z is putting homes above holidays with two thirds of renters under 24 already saving to secure their first home, according to a recent survey* by home builder Countryside.

Last month, Countryside surveyed the nation’s house hunters and found 92% of 18 to 24 year-olds want to use Help to Buy ahead of the 2021 deadline, with 66% already saving for a home deposit.

When asked who they intended on buying a property with, one third of Generation Z savers revealed that they hoped to one day secure a mortgage as a single buyer.

L&Q launches PricedIn Living campaign

L&Q launches PricedIn Living campaign

Dedicated to helping first time buyers take their first step onto the property ladder, L&Q has launched its PricedIn Living campaign, to demonstrate how buyers can settle in with Shared Ownership - an alternative route onto the housing ladder.

With lower deposits available on developments across London and the South East, Shared Ownership with L&Q gives you the peace of mind to settle in to your new home.

L&Q PricedIn shares their guide for the perfect cosy night in in your new L&Q home.

Braving the Snow: First Time Buyers Turn Out in Droves for the 10th London Home Show  

Braving the Snow: First Time Buyers Turn Out in Droves for the 10th London Home Show  

Over 4,300 visitors braved the snow on Saturday 3rd of March to attend the tenth London Home Show. 

Supported by the Mayor of London, the free exhibition saw 47 exhibitors all under one roof at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster. Showcasing the best of affordable homes available across London, the Home Show welcomed a range of Shared Ownership and Help to Buy providers, as well as independent mortgage brokers and conveyancing solicitors. 

Hosted by Share to Buy, the UK’s largest online portal for Shared Ownership properties, the bi-annual event is held each March and September and has welcomed nearly 45,000 visitors since its launch in 2013. 

Tickets On Sale Now For The Ideal Home Show 2018

Tickets On Sale Now For The Ideal Home Show 2018

The Ideal Home Show is back at Olympia London for Spring 2018. Taking place from Saturday 17 March to Monday 2 April, the UK’s biggest home event features more than 600 exhibitors under one roof.

Advance ticket prices for the Ideal Home Show, which is sponsored by Zoopla*, start from as little as £12.00^, so step into a world of ideas and inspiration as the show celebrates its 110th anniversary. From kitchens and bathrooms to bedrooms and basements; fixtures and fittings, gardens and the latest in-home renovation, expert advice, hands-on workshops and demonstrations, you'll find it all here at the show.

The Show Village presents the legendary show homes, and for 2018 these are focused around a spectacular open-water lake.