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Family of Wiltshire WWI veterans set to launch new community called Weston Meadow

Phil and the Westons at Weston Meadow

A brand-new community is set to be unveiled in Wiltshire later this month. David Wilson Homes is opening the gates to its Weston Meadow development in Calne on September 22 with a special open day, marking the first time people have been able to see inside. 

The development will be opened by Gordon Weston, whose family inspired the name for the new community. Gordon’s parents Walter and Ada Weston both served in WWI and survived and David Wilson Homes named the development Weston Meadows in a nod to the impact they had on the area.

More than a dozen homes to be built on outskirts of Warwickshire

An artist’s impression of how some of the finished homes will look at the new Meadowview Homes development in Austrey.

14 new homes are set to be built by developers Meadowview Homes in the village of Austrey,following the sale of a plot of land through property experts Mather Jamie. The 1.53 acre site, off Norton Hill, in the south east of the village, will be the Derby-based luxury housebuilder’s first ever development in Warwickshire, with an exclusive selection of brand new high-specification properties.

With views over open farmland, the site is in an attractive location, and already has Reserved Matters Planning Approval for 14 dwellings and an access road approved by North Warwickshire Borough Council.

Help to Buy South

Help to Buy South home

Help to Buy South is the Government appointed agent for Help to Buy Schemes in Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Bristol, North Somerset and Mendip. Help to Buy South are the point of contact for first-time & next-time buyers wanting to move home in an affordable way. 

The schemes include Shared Ownership and Help to Buy Equity Loan. 

The Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme enables you to buy a new build property with a 5% deposit and borrow up to 20% of the value of the home in the form of an interest free* equity loan from the government. You will then need to raise a 75% mortgage to cover the remaining cost of the home.

David Wilson Has Its Say On Feng Shui

David Wilson Has Its Say On Feng Shui

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese way of thinking which teaches people that a home’s build and design can affect success, health and happiness. 

Having a well organised interior is also believed to help improve a home owner’s chi – a concept which means ‘life force’ of all animate things. 

Leading homebuilder David Wilson Homes South Midland has created a light hearted Feng Shui guide to help Northamptonshire homeowners achieve a harmonious modern living environment in their own home.

Take your first look around desirable Dewside as wraps come off show homes

Dewside show home

Developer Lovell unveils two eagerly-awaited show homes at King’s Lynn’s new Dewside development from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, 22 September.

As well as the stylish, family-friendly three-bedroom Ouse and four-bedroom Glaven show properties, the company will open its attractive two-bed Nar view home, perfect for first-time purchasers and downsizers. A range of homes will be available to reserve on the day, starting from £177,500 for the two-bedroom Nar house style.

Ideal for a growing family, the Ouse’s ground floor features an open-plan dining room / kitchen with French doors to the garden; a super-spacious living room; hall, storage and cloakroom. Upstairs is the master bedroom with en-suite, two further bedrooms and the family bathroom. 

Kingsbrook Development Proving Popular With A Range Of Homebuyers

Kingsbrook Development

The first village at Kingsbrook, Oakfield Village, follows garden village principles and homebuyers are encouraged to reserve their home quickly as Barratt Homes is now 90% sold and David Wilson Homes has sold 60% of its properties on the first village,

Glenn Copper, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes North Thames, said: “We are delighted to see so many Buckinghamshire house hunters already purchasing their dream home at Kingsbrook. This is a fantastic development and an amazing community is being formed between residents already.

“We have homes to suit the needs of a range of buyers, particularly large and growing families and with moving schemes such as Movemaker and Help to Buy available, it’s no wonder so many people are choosing to move home with us.”

Romsey development helps local apprentices carve out skills

Romsey development helps local apprentices carve out skills

A new development in Romsey is helping local apprentices to carve out careers in construction.

The Kings Chase development, from Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes, is bringing 275 homes to the town. And as well as providing new homes for local people, the development is also providing opportunities for apprentices – young and old – to work towards nationally-recognised qualifications.

Among them is 56-year-old Nigel Woolf, who is undertaking a bricklaying apprenticeship on the site with local contractor, Gildan. Nigel quit his job as an HGV driver to start an apprenticeship in construction in a bid to find a more rewarding career.

Barratt Homes Ensures Bridge Community Wellness Gardens Is Best In Its Field

Barratt Homes Ensures Bridge Community Wellness Gardens Is Best In It's Field

Five-star housebuilder Barratt Homes Manchester recently teamed up with Bridge Community Wellness Gardens in Ellesmere Port to help improve their facilities. 

Bridge Wellness Gardens is a registered charity based in Ellesmere Port and is a working commercial horticulture farm that brings people together from all parts of the local community and offers a helping hand to those who need it. 

The wellness gardens and farm aim to provide a therapeutic environment for people living with mental health conditions as well as those with physical and learning disabilities. Work experience is also available for children and young people who are interested to learning about horticulture and business skills. 

The Home Improvements that will DECREASE your Property’s Value

The Home Improvements that will DECREASE your Property’s Value

It’s easy to get carried away when thinking about renovating your home, but it’s important to know that some things are better left untouched.

From injecting too much of a personal touch, to changing the fundamentals of the house such as the number of bedrooms, some ‘home improvements’ can actually decrease the value of your property.

Whether you’re hoping to sell your home now or in the future, Hitachi Personal Finance has identified the costly renovations you should think twice about, backed by experienced estate agents  and those who’ve made these costly mistakes themselves.  

Be careful about tearing down walls

Five years of Help to Buy has helped almost 3,000 homebuyers in Bristol

Five years of Help to Buy has helped almost 3,000 homebuyers in Bristol

Figures just released for the first full five years of Help to Buy in Bristol have revealed that almost 3,000 people have used the government scheme to buy their new home.  

The figures show that 2,888 people in the region have taken advantage of the scheme since it was launched in April 2013.

Andrea Pilgrim, sales director for the Bristol division of the five-star housebuilder Barratt Homes, said the first five years of Help to Buy have had a huge impact on the property market. 

She said: “There’s no doubt that Help to Buy has proved extremely valuable particularly for first time buyers who are now living at a number of our new developments in the area.”

The Home Improvements that will DECREASE your Property’s Value

The Home Improvements that will DECREASE your Property’s Value

It’s easy to get carried away when thinking about renovating your home, but it’s important to know that some things are better left untouched. From injecting too much of a personal touch, to changing the fundamentals of the house such as the number of bedrooms, some home improvements can actually decrease the value of your property.

Whether you’re hoping to sell your home now or in the future, Hitachi Personal Finance has identified the costly renovations you should think twice about, backed by experienced estate agents  and those who’ve made these costly mistakes themselves.   

Be careful about tearing down walls

Top tips on how to create your dream garden

Top tips on how to create your dream garden

While preparing for Autumn, the garden remains at the heart of family life for hosting BBQs, garden parties and family events. Trusted gardening expert, Cliff Woolley at CW Landscapes, a leading landscaper for housebuilder Crest Nicholson South since 1998, has shared his top tips on how to create your dream garden design in just five simple tricks.

Check the conditions to understand what you can and can’t achieve without overcomplicating your garden space. This will help identify what to choose from, as it will allow you to consider what you want to view from inside when looking out. It will also highlight any hot spots for patio or decking that could be incorporated into your garden design.

Barratt Homes Work Towards A More Accessible Future At Site Visit With Whizz-Kidz

Barratt Homes Work Towards A More Accessible Future At Site Visit With Whizz-Kidz

In a bid to make its sites more easily accessible for wheelchair users, leading housebuilder Barratt Homes is working closely with a disabled children’s charity at its development Highfields in Littleover. 

The team at Barratt Homes North Midlands recently invited an ambassador from Whizz-Kidz, Penelope Harrison (15), to visit the site and advise them on how they can improve the layout and design of their developments and homes for disabled people. 

They will now receive an assessment on the accessibility of the development and will work with parent company Barratt Developments on what can be done to enhance their sites in the future.

Tackle the pre-Christmas clean with tips from BuyDirect4U.co.uk

Tackle the pre-Christmas clean with tips from BuyDirect4U.co.uk

Tackle the pre-Christmas clean with tips from BuyDirect4U.co.uk

Worried about where to start with the pre-Christmas clean? Online home and garden retailer BuyDirect4U.co.uk has a range of tools and tips to help with the cleaning countdown to the most wonderful time of the year, so you can banish dirt and get your home organised with the latest products and techniques.

Inside the home

Give it a twist with Dremel’s new multi-tool the Stylo+

Give it a twist with Dremel’s new multi-tool the Stylo+

Looking for a new project to complete this summer? Dremel has put together an interactive step-by step video guide to upcycling a stainless-steel salad bowl and turning it into a beautiful new pendant lamp, made bespoke with your own pattern or design.

What you’ll need:

Stylo+

Dremel 4000 or multitool equivalent

Masking tape

Acetone

Multipurpose cutting kit

Engraving and drilling bits

Light suspension cable

Permanent marker

Light bulb

Stainless steel salad / fruit bowl

Anti-grip mat

Safety goggles and gloves

Earplugs

Adding to an already impressive range of multi-tools, global craft brand Dremel has launched the Stylo+ (RRP £56.00) ideal for completing the pendant lamp project.

Top 5 ways to decorate your new home on a budget

Top 5 ways to decorate your new home on a budget

Top 5  The day has finally come. No more renting, and no more landlord to tell you and your flatmates that you’ll be fined for making your home your own – even that time you only wanted to blue-tac up a poster. Now, you’ve got your new Shared Ownership home, and it’s up to you how it looks. But where to start – and how to decide on something everyone’s happy with? Before you start arguing, take a look at the top 5 tips from L&Q – quick fixes that everyone can get on board with, and that won’t break the bank.

Moving on up: upcycle cheap furniture

Find The Solution At The Paddocks

Find The Solution At The Paddocks

David Wilson Homes North Thames is offering a range of moving solutions at The Paddocks in Langford to help potential homebuyers move into their dream home.

Moving home can be a stressful time for many but with the variety of initiatives available, David Wilson Homes can assist homebuyers with a smooth move. 

Glenn Copper, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes North Thames, said, “As a five-star housebuilder, we want to make moving home as easy as possible for our customers. That is why we offer such a selection of moving solutions that will help ease the stress often associated with moving.

Stylish new homes for humans and wildlife in creation of community at Ladden Garden Village

Stylish new homes for humans and wildlife in creation of community at Ladden Garden Village

Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes are creating a special community with a difference in Yate at the new Ladden Garden Village. 

The five star housebuilders have commissioned an ecological plan to identify and protect wildlife at the site of the development - which features a range of two, three and four bedroom homes.  

The site, located just north of Yate town centre, includes around 101 hectares of mostly arable and improved pastureland - with a network of hedgerows including mature oak and ash trees. 

Other habitats within the site boundary include semi-improved neutral grassland, scattered scrub, dense scrub, marshy grassland, open water, and both permanent and ephemeral watercourses.

Warwickshire homebuilders bust the myth that renting is cheaper than buying

Warwickshire homebuilders bust the myth that renting is cheaper than buying

Leading homebuilders Barratt Homes North Midlands and David Wilson Homes East Midlands are breaking the myth that renting is the cheaper option for Warwickshire residents. 

Monthly renting costs are often higher than mortgage payments now interest rates are at an all-time low and the first step onto the property ladder may be more manageable than many people first think.

A recent survey conducted by the developer has found that 44% of Warwickshire residents believe that mortgage repayments are more expensive than monthly renting costs, a myth which it is keen to break.

Popular family house type The Orchard comes to Crest Nicholson’s Mulberry View, Wokingham

Popular family house type ‘The Orchard’ comes to Crest Nicholson’s Mulberry View, Wokingham

Award-winning developer Crest Nicholson is launching its brand new show home at Mulberry View, Wokingham. Comprising a traditional collection of one and two-bedroom apartments and two, three, four and five-bedroom houses, Mulberry View is the latest phase of Crest Nicholson’s popular Mulberry Grove development. The four-bedroom detached Orchard show home launches on Saturday 1st September in response to high demand.

Get One Step Ahead Of The Top Home Trends This Autumn

Get One Step Ahead Of The Top Home Trends This Autumn

We’ve all been enjoying the heatwave, but sooner than we think autumn will be upon us and we’ll be settling in front of the fire with a warm mug of hot chocolate. As the bright shades of summer turn to deep autumn tones, it’s time to swap patterned cushions for warm knitted blankets and throws, and add an array of berry-scented candles. The changing of the seasons is also a chance to trade those worn-down blinds for stylish drapes or to take up that tired carpet and replace it with shiny new flooring.

Capital Gains Tax on Inherited Property: What is it and How Does it Work?

Capital Gains Tax on Inherited Property: What is it and How Does it Work?

The loss of a loved one is difficult. Often making things worse is the admin and emotional turmoil involved in inheriting their belongings, sometimes even their property. For many people those inherited homes hold too many memories of their loved one, pushing them towards looking to make a quick sale on the property.

But what taxes are imposed on you with an inherited property? How do you find out? Where do you have to declare such taxes? Here we look at capital gains tax (CGT) to clear any questions you may have on the matter.

What is CGT?

Going green: creating a sustainable home

Going green: creating a sustainable home

Douglas Godwin, QualitySolicitors Parkinson Wright

Sub-zero’ is a phrase Brits are all too familiar with when winter drops anchor, but ‘zero carbon’ has been gaining more popularity over the past decade explains Douglas Godwin, environmental, agricultural and planning specialist and partner of QualitySolicitors Parkinson Wright.

The government may have mandated this interest to some extent in 2006 with their plan to make all residential properties carbon neutral by 2020; given they scraped that energy efficient homes policy, it’s fair to say we’re running off our own steam. There have been other policies and help schemes put in place since, but none quite as bold as the original plan. 

REVEALED: The Most Neglected Areas of Brits’ Homes

REVEALED: The Most Neglected Areas of Brits’ Homes

A recent study has found that the average Briton only clears out their attic or loft once every fifteen years. Other neglected places around the home included medicine cabinets and cupboards under the stairs.

Being hidden away out of sight, it’s easy to forget to sort out what’s lurking in the attic. In fact, a new study has found just how out of sight these items are, with Britons waiting up to 15 years before having a clear out. Medicine cabinets are the second most neglected space, being cleaned out once every seven years.

Own a pet? It could be knocking thousands off your home!

Own a pet? It could be knocking thousands off your house!

Clutter or obvious lack of storage in your home has been revealed to be the biggest turn off for house-hunters when viewing a property.

Selling a house can be one of the most stressful events in life. The long and daunting process involves a lot of pressure to sell the most expensive asset many will ever own.

With prospective buyers forming opinions within the first few seconds of walking through the front door, it is imperative to make a good impression for potential buyers. With this in mind, ScS, the sofa and carpet specialist, has conducted a survey to help house sellers discover what features can turn people away from buying a property and what features are a must.