Finance and Property

Social Rented Homes

Mayor Boosts Social Rented Homes 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has approved a new development in Notting Hill after intervening to increase the number of social rented and other genuinely affordable homes, in his latest effort to use the planning system to tackle London’s housing crisis.

The application to redevelop Newcombe House in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea was refused by the local council in March, before the Mayor took over the application later that month. The borough has consistently failed to meet targets for new and affordable homes; last year no affordable homes were given planning permission by the council.

Through his takeover, Sadiq has secured amendments to the plans that increase the level of affordable housing from 17% to 35%. Two-thirds of these homes are now at social rent levels, with the remaining capped below London Living Rent levels.

The development will also include a medical centre, step-free access to the nearby Notting Hill Gate underground station and a new public square with permanent pedestrian and cycle access.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan says, “Since taking office, I’ve been clear I will use all the levers at my disposal to increase the supply of council, social rented, and other genuinely affordable homes that Londoners need across the capital.

“Having considering all the evidence available to me – and following hard work by my planning team to increase the level of affordable housing – I have decided to grant permission for this development.

“What’s more, the development will also include important new step-free access to Notting Hill Gate station – a major improvement benefitting local residents and visitors coming to enjoy this vibrant and exciting part of the capital.

“London’s housing crisis won’t be solved overnight – but I hope this will send a clear message that I expect developments to include more genuinely affordable housing and other benefits for local people.”

For more information about housing and London visit www.london.gov.uk

Save Money by House Sharing

House Sharing
with Cohabitas

Fed-up living alone and want to save some money? House sharing is a great option.

Home sharing, or co-living as it’s called these days, is more and more popular in later-life as it offers not only financial benefits, saving on household expenses, rents and mortgages etc, but also because it offers the possibility of having help around the house and companionship.

House sharing is not a new idea, but it is more unusual for older people to house share. However, with an increasing number of people either living in houses that are too big for them and not being able to look after a big house, or living in small one-person dwellings and feeling a bit isolated from other people, more and more people are considering this option.

Sharing with other like-minded people can be fun and provides companionship

When Nick and business partner Eva recognised that their parents were feeling lonely and that they themselves, now in their 50s, had also found it hard to rent a room they struck upon the idea of creating a service for older people.

Cohabitas is a house sharing website specifically for people in later life. It offers advice and inspiration for those new to house sharing or who haven’t shared for a while, and also connects people looking for a like-minded house or flat mate with those who have rooms.

Who is Cohabitas and house sharing for?

For people who have spare rooms:

Reluctant down-sizers: As a recent Gransnet research report discovered, around 1/3 of people planning to downsize do so reluctantly. Having a lodger allows these home-owners to stay in their beloved home for longer, earning valuable rent and getting some help with chores around the house and the garden.

Live-in landlords: Many people need to have a lodger for some years to help pay their mortgage or rent. Because larger shared flats and houses are cheaper per person to live in this benefits both the landlord and the tenant; it’s just a case of finding the right person.

Those who are widowed or separated: after a few years of living alone and the initial shock of finding yourself alone, many people seek companionship and support from having someone else around

For people who want to find a room or house to share:

People who want to save money: there are an increasing number of people in mid to later life who do not own a house or flat and who need to find cost-effective ways of affording a comfortable and secure home. House sharing provides financial savings because it is cheaper to run a shared flat than a single-dwelling.

People who want to have some fun and meet people: even if financial reasons are not top of your needs, then having company and enjoying life is important. People increasingly choose to live in larger flats and houses with others to allow them contact with others. Especially after retirement, divorce or separation, building new social connections is key.

People who want to relocate to a new area: moving into a shared house or flat is a great way to get to know a new area. Your house mates can give you advice on where to go and even introduce you to local clubs and services, making the whole thing seem less stressful and challenging.

Relocating or establishing a new life after a bereavement or a
separation can be challenging

How Cohabitas can help – matching people up

The clever thing about the website is that it places an emphasis on the people you share with. It’s free to register and you are only asked for basic information like age and gender, but you are encouraged to add more detail about your sharing preferences later to enable better matching.

The website at www.cohabitas.com allows you to search for potential house mates by gender, age and of course location. You can choose to research everything yourself and it’s completely free to do so, only once you want to contact someone you need to buy a membership, which starts at just £9.90 for one month, but is as low as £4.95 per month when you buy for 6 months.

In the near future Cohabitas hopes to offer a ‘No worries’ service providing help with finding the right house mate and then handling the contract and financial aspects for you. If you are interested in this level of support, please contact Nick and Eva via the website.

Key pages on the Cohabitas website

Home page explaining the service; news and inspiration for those new to house sharing; room listings, with details of the live-in landlord or owner.

For more information about Cohabitas visit www.cohabitas.com

Renting in Retirement

Why is Renting
in Retirement
 Becoming Popular?

A growing number of over 60s in the UK are renting, according to research from the Centre for Ageing Better which estimates that by 2040 a third of people aged over 60 could be living in private rented accommodation.

At Girlings Retirement Rentals we have certainly seen a significant increase in people opting to rent in recent years and the reasons are varied. Some want to downsize and sell their home to release capital to fund their retirement, spend it or gift to their family.

Others no longer want the worry and cost of house maintenance or want the opportunity to make a fresh start in a new location. We’ve also seen people’s perceptions of renting change dramatically in recent years.

There has been some confusion about what retirement housing comprises and a number of myths about renting in retirement have developed, many of which are complete misconceptions.

The myths of renting in retirement

One myth is that people who rent must keep moving at the whim of a landlord. This is not the case with Girlings Retirement Rentals as we offer the majority of our retirement properties on assured (lifelong) tenancies, which means residents can stay in their homes for as long as they want to, for life, if they choose.

The monthly rent also includes the services of the development and property maintenance which helps people to budget effectively.

People don’t have to be retired to live in a retirement development. Several of our residents work or volunteer with charity organisations, and pets are allowed at many developments, with permission from the freeholder.

Aren’t retirement developments for old people?

Some believe that living in a retirement development is akin to living in a care home, and they are too young to move to one. However, there is a real mixture of ages in retirement developments, including couples and single people, from a wide variety of backgrounds.

The self contained apartments are just like other rental properties, except they have been designed with older people in mind. They have services people may need when they get older plus the reassurance of a 24-emergency call system installed in each apartment and there is usually an onsite manager available during week days.

Retirement housing has also changed dramatically over the years – there are a range of attractive properties available across the UK – from high end luxury apartments to one and two bedroom modern apartments in purpose built developments in market towns and coastal regions – something to suit everyone’s tastes and budgets.

The social side

Many retirement developments offer a range of social activities – from coffee mornings to fish and chip suppers and people can choose to participate or not. This sense of community can be a big attraction, especially for those living alone. 

One Girlings’ resident enjoying the social side of renting in a retirement development is Jean Harrington, who is 74 years old and from Clacton-on-Sea. Jean has been living on her own since her husband died and she was often lonely.

Jean says, “Finding this property meant I could continue living in Clacton on Sea where I have enjoyed living for 20 years. The council pay half my rent, so I can afford to live here comfortably and the fact that I can stay as long as I want was one of the key attractions.

“The residents are really friendly and I play bingo twice a week with them. I also go on some of the outings, which are always good fun. Having people around that I can do activities with is important since I’m on my own. There is always someone around to have a chat with over a cup of tea,” she adds.

Lieutenant Colonel Barrie Bruce Bateson aged 86 is also renting with Girlings Retirement Rentals. He moved to Hove from Salisbury when his wife had to go into a care home. He now rents a ground floor apartment in a retirement development in central Hove.

Barrie says, “I wanted to be close to the care home, so I can visit my wife regularly, as well as being able to see my daughter and grandson. The apartment is ideal for both and is in a lovely location, not too far from the seafront. It was also important for me to retain my independence, so this offers me the best of both worlds.”

Barry adds, “I really enjoy living here. The facilities are excellent. I have access to social activities, which is important now I’m living on my own. I have made friends and we often do things together or just meet for a chat in the lounge.”

For many people over 55 stepping off the property ladder and moving into a specialist rented property can offer an exciting opportunity to relocate, make new friends and ensure a comfortable and financially secure retirement.

Visit www.girlings.co.uk for further information.

Pets at Richmond Villages

Lend a Dog Scheme at Richmond Nantwich

Beryl Tromans and ‘lap dog’ Amber

What started out as a general request posted on Facebook to see if anyone could bring their dog into the retirement village for the residents to spend some time with, has become such a success it is now a weekly arrangement.

Nicola Jackson, senior village adviser at Richmond Nantwich sent out the message and was thrilled by the response.  She says, “We posted on Facebook asking if any local dog owners would be able to ‘lend’ us their dog. 

“We have a lovely lady resident who was particularly missing the company of her dogs, and while we know this will never replace her own pets, we thought that if she could borrow a dog for an hour or so, she would be so much happier.

“We had an amazing response which resulted in a number of owners getting in touch.  To date, four local residents have brought their pooches in to spend time with the residents.

Pauline Sherriff enjoys a quiet
moment with Amber

“Their four dogs – Cookie, Amber, Murphy and Olly – now visit the village weekly when residents can sit and stroke them, walk them around the grounds or have them visit in their rooms. 

“Sometimes people just like to sit and pet them while chatting to their owners; or if they want a bit of time alone that is fine; it’s all very flexible.”

Barbara Hughes with Cookie

Resident Barbara Hughes, who has owned several dogs over the years was particularly missing having a regular canine companion and was delighted to ‘borrow’ a dog called Cookie. 

“I had a wonderful time stroking Cookie.  It made me so happy, as it reminded me of my dogs and it is so relaxing just sitting and stroking them; I am so grateful to these lovely people for bringing their dogs to see us – it makes such a difference.”

Lynne Griffin, village manager at Richmond Nantwich adds, “It’s well known that pets can have a great impact on people’s wellbeing. Whenever the dogs are here people stop to chat, visitors come over and make a fuss, everyone smiles and a conversation starts – it’s wonderful. 

“Dogs really do bring everyone together, and people like to chat about the dogs they’ve owned and recount tales of their adventures.”

Olly with Vera Elliott

“The Facebook post attracted some 3,000 views, with numerous comments and shares, and we still have people offering to loan us their dogs,” added Nicola.  The scheme continues to be very popular, and you can keep up to date with the visits by checking out the Facebook page @RichmondNantwich.

About Richmond Villages

One of the pioneers in bringing the retirement village concept to the UK, Richmond Villages has been designing, building and operating its own villages for almost 20 years. 

The company already operates seven luxury retirement villages located in Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.  Its new village at Aston-on-Trent, Derbyshire opened recently, and its eighth village at Wood Norton in Worcestershire is now under construction.

Richmond Villages is one of the leaders in the retirement living sector and has an established reputation for the provision of quality service and care and won numerous awards.

For more information about Richmond Villages visit www.richmond-villages.com

Or telephone 0800 0987 094

Help the Homeless Scheme

Chestertons Funds Programme to Help
the Homeless

Chestertons has funded a ground-breaking new programme set up by its charity partner, St Mungo’s, which recruits volunteers to help tackle the number of people sleeping rough in London.

The estate agent has fully funded the full-time employment of a new ‘Volunteer Coordinator’ for St Mungo’s who has established a large pool of volunteers from across London to allow the charity to launch its ‘First Response’ programme.

The First Response programme aims to reduce long term homelessness by streamlining the outreach service, meaning locating and engaging with people rough sleeping is faster. First Response also gives trained outreach workers more time to encourage people sleeping rough to make use of the support services on offer, to help them move away from the streets into supported living.

Since recruiting the Chestertons-funded Volunteer Coordinator in April, the programme has proved a phenomenal success with over 150 Londoners signing up to volunteer for morning or evening shifts. These new volunteers have already clocked up 615 hours, following up referrals and walking the streets helping to locate people sleeping rough across the capital.

First Response is currently operating in four London boroughs: Westminster, Tower Hamlets, City of London and Islington, with nine shifts taking place each week.

Chestertons has supported St Mungo’s as its nominated charity for three years and has been involved with a number of initiatives with the charity, including volunteered work with staff helping on numerous ‘outreach shifts’ and supporting formerly homeless people making the transition into the private rented sector.

Giles Milner, Marketing Director and Chairman of Chestertons’ Charity Champions explains, “Having set up Chestertons’ Charity Committee in 2014 we have seen our charitable activities and impact grow every year.

“Since partnering with St Mungo’s, many of our staff have seen first-hand the huge problems some people face in their lives and what a huge difference the support of charities like St Mungo’s can make.”

The ‘First Response’ programme is the single biggest project we have been involved with and we are incredibly excited to be working on it alongside St Mungo’s to reduce homelessness across London. We hope to get some of our clients involved over the coming months too!”

Rebecca Sycamore, Executive Director of Development says, “Our First Response volunteers have become invaluable during our outreach shifts. The programme is ensuring our outreach staff can spend more time offering the expert practical support needed to help people who are rough sleeping off the streets and into accommodation as quickly as possible.

“We thank Chestertons for funding this project and for their ongoing support for St Mungo’s. We look forward to continuing to work together in the future.”

Alice Soper, St Mungo’s new Volunteer Coordinator for First Response adds, “The First Response programme is already making a real difference to our work and how we are supporting vulnerable people who are rough sleeping across London.

“We’ve seen an overwhelming number of Londoners apply, from young professionals; to retired people, to couples who are volunteering their time together. It’s been really encouraging to see so many people want to join us in helping end homelessness.”

For more information about St Mungo’s visit www.mungos.org

For more information about Chestertons visit www.chestertons.com

Year Round Appeal in Spain

A Holiday Home
for All Seasons

Long, lazy summer days on the beach in Spain have prompted many to think seriously about buying a second home in Iberia. Easily accessible from the UK and enjoying far better weather, Spain is a popular choice for Brits looking to own a slice of the sunshine overseas.  

For those taking the plunge and looking to buy a holiday home after a summer viewing, leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has a few words of caution.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España cautions, “Spain enjoys a much warmer climate than the UK. However, that doesn’t mean it is consistently warm year-round! Property buyers need to consider this when buying a property that they plan to use over the winter months.”

While ‘Spain’ and ‘cold’ are two words you don’t hear together often, the increasing unpredictability of cold fronts over the winter months mean that property buyers need to think about seasonal variations.

All Taylor Wimpey España homes, for example, including air conditioning units that heat as well as cool, providing owners with the ability to create a comfortable interior temperature whether it’s 40°C or blowing a gale outside.

Nor is it just the home itself that buyers need to consider from a seasonal perspective. Many areas that enjoy a bumper summer season can take on a distinctly ghost town-esque atmosphere over the winter months.

“While the peace of deserted towns over the winter months appeals to some buyers, those with young children – and, indeed, older children – may well struggle to entertain them off season in the wrong area! Buyers should therefore consider carefully what will be available to them in their preferred location outside of the summer months.”

It is something that the Taylor Wimpey España take into account when looking at where to build their properties. Proximity to golf clubs with spa facilities, great restaurants that serve local crowds year-round, playparks and shops are all considered as part of the process.

“Buying a holiday home that can be used in every season is about looking at the whole package. Buying somewhere that’s booming in the summer, then spending the Christmas holidays there – and trying to pull together festive feasts from a minimally stocked local store – doesn’t always make for the treasured memories that people are looking for!”

With a 60-year history of providing high specification holiday homes to overseas buyers, Taylor Wimpey España is well positioned to advise on such matters. The company’s La Vila Paradis development at the Costa Blanca’s Villajoyosa is an excellent example.

The front-line beach apartments and townhouses, with their on-site pool and perfectly landscaped gardens, are perfect for making the most of the summer. The last, key-ready properties are available from €279,000 plus VAT.

Both a working town and a popular tourist area, Villajoyosa provides plenty of entertainment options over the winter months too, from its bustling restaurant scene to the must-see chocolate museum. There’s plenty to do, whatever the weather.

The weekly market and (almost) daily fish market also mean that shopping and entertaining is a joy in Villajoyosa, no matter what season it may be.

With so much to do and superb quality homes on offer from Taylor Wimpey España, buyers can be confident in making Villajoyosa their second home destination of choice, come rain or shine.

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020

Or visit the Taylor Wimpey España website at www.taylorwimpeyspain.com

If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Grey Businesses Thrive

A Boom in Business for the Over 50s

Ian Moore, Plum Duff Bakery

Britain’s over-50s have set up 627,000 of the nation’s small businesses, according to new research from Square, challenging the idea that entrepreneurship is the preserve of younger people. That’s one in nine (11%) of all UK private sector firms.

As our population ages and traditional career paths get transformed, more and more people are turning to entrepreneurship later in life to fulfil their dreams. For four out of five of these “Olderpreneurs” (79%), this is the first time they’ve set up their own business – demonstrating that it’s never too late to become your own boss.

The majority of these over-50s started their business either to achieve better work/life balance (35%) or because they wanted to pursue a passion project (31%). Just under three in five of them (59%) were employed full-time before deciding to follow their dream and start their own company.

The rise of new technology has made it easier and simpler to set up and run a new business. On average it took over-50s just two years to turn their initial idea into a profitable enterprise, comparatively quick compared to the average startup which does not turn a profit until as late as the third year. They invested £11,300 to get their business off the ground, on average, although the majority of them (61%) spent less than £5,000 to do so.

The majority of these over-50s (61%) are confident about the UK’s business environment for the next couple of years. When asked about their ambitions for their business, the top priority (for 42% of them) was to grow their revenues, while a quarter (25%) wanted to expand their physical presence and one in nine (11%) wanted to sell.

Over the last ten years there has been a staggering 140% rise in the number of “Olderpreneurs” – those approaching retirement age who decide to start out on their own.

One such business benefiting from technologies like Square is Plum Duff Bakery – a cash only business for the last 45 years ago. Owner Ian Moore took over the business in 2004 and at the age of 53, took the leap and bought a Square Reader for the business this year. Plum Duff has been selected to appear in a new advertising campaign for Square with national TV advertisements, as well as across print, online and social media.

Ian says, “After serving customers for so long, I was a bit wary about technology and if I’m honest a bit stuck in my ways. I’m not technologically minded so the prospect of taking cards was a bit daunting. I realised though that Plum Duff needed to join the 21st Century.

“We realised that we were missing out on a lot of sales because people could only pay in cash. The difference being able to accept cards has made has been amazing. It was so easy to set up – even for someone who’s not technologically minded like me!  Whilst our traditional recipes remain the same and have stood the test of time, our business and ability to make life easier for our customers is changing with Square.”

The ‘Square and Fair’ campaign has been created by gyro London and celebrates the UK as a nation of shopkeepers and independent business owners. Set to the 1942 wartime song “The Thing-Ummy Bob”, performed by Gracie Fields, the ad features a selection of real businesses of all ages and backgrounds who use Square’s technology.

For more information about Square please visit www.squareup.com/gb  

Help to Save Scheme

StepChange Comment on Help to Save

Phil Andrew, CEO of StepChange
Debt Charity

Following a successful pilot, StepChange Debt Charity is pleased that the Government has announced that the new Help to Save scheme is now available across the whole of UK to eligible lower income working households.

When people turn to StepChange for debt advice, 98% of them have no savings whatsoever. The charity has long called for realistic mechanisms to enable more households to save – and in previous research has estimated that if every household in Britain had £1,000 in accessible savings, this would reduce the number of people in problem debt by half a million.

Under the Help to Save scheme, delivered through NS&I, eligible lower income households can save up to £50 a month, and after two years get a bonus of 50% of the highest balance they achieve during that period, with a subsequent additional bonus at the end of four years. From the perspective of the charity’s clients, this type of saving may be particularly helpful and realistic for those who are becoming debt-free, to help build their financial resilience for the future.

Phil Andrew, CEO of StepChange Debt Charity says, “98% of our clients have no savings at all at the point they turn to us, and only 1% have £1,000 or more. Yet we know that having £1,000 in rainy day savings virtually halves the risk of falling into problem debt, so helping lower income working households to build savings should be an important policy goal.

“We campaigned for Help to Save and it is a good scheme. Yet it will only bring benefits if people actually use it. The Government’s impact assessment suggested only one in seven of those eligible are likely to use Help to Save in its first two to three years of operation.

“It’s vital for the Government to make a real effort to promote the scheme if it is to have the desired result, and for all of us who work with eligible households to support that effort.”

For more information about Help to Save click on www.stepchange.org

Live in Your Dream Location

Renting in Retirement
Helps You Live in
Your Dream Location

People who want to enjoy the best quality of life in retirement should move to the South Coast, according to new research from Prudential.

West Sussex topped the Prudential Quality of Retirement Index, which reviewed nine indicators of ‘happiness and comfort’ for people in retirement in England and Wales. Dorset came second followed by East Sussex in third place.

Prudential used data to rank places including disability-free life expectancy, access to healthcare, crime levels, pension income, weather and happiness.

However, these locations are also some of the most expensive places to live in the UK, which can price out retirees looking to downsize and move, according to Gillian Girling, Chief Executive of Girlings Retirement Rentals.

Gillian says, “The South Coast has an enduring appeal for retired people with beautiful countryside and coastal scenery, good weather and vibrant towns and cities. However, the popularity of the area is reflected in the higher than average property prices, which can be a barrier for people looking to relocate.

“A more affordable option than purchasing a retirement apartment is renting on an assured tenancy. Assured tenancy renting really suits retired people as it offers long term security as people can choose to stay as long as they want. There are other benefits too – people no longer need to worry about any property maintenance or service charges.”

One couple who decided to downsize and rent in the popular coastal resort of Bournemouth in Dorset are Keith and Teresa Davy, both in their 70s. The Davys decided to sell their previous property and rent to free up money to fulfil their travel ambitions. They also realised that renting was more affordable so it would enable them to move to their dream retirement location of Bournemouth.

The Davys rent an apartment in Homewest House in Westbourne, Bournemouth on an assured tenancy through Girlings.

Keith explains, “We couldn’t afford to buy the flat we’re living in, so renting has enabled us to live in an area we really like. We love the location, it’s in a lovely area in Bournemouth near the shops and we can walk to the beach and into the town centre. The bus service is so frequent and convenient it’s like a taxi service.

“We also like the security of having an assured tenancy agreement. At our age we don’t want to worry that the landlord might decide to sell and give us a month’s notice to move out, renting with Girlings means we know we’re going to be able to stay here for the rest of our lives.”

Girlings Retirement Rentals has properties available in the retirement hotspots including one bedroom apartments on assured tenancies in West Sussex at Highfield Court, Worthing from £950pcm and at Fleur de Lis in Haywards Heath, part of the Diamond Collection, from £1877pcm.

In Dorset Girlings has one bedroom apartments available in Kingsmead Court, Wimborne from £850pcm AT and in St Peters Court, Bournemouth from £795pcm AT as well as two bedroom apartments at Woodlands in Poole – part of the Diamond Collection – from £4183.23pcm AT.

One bedroom apartments are also available in East Sussex at Homeridge House, Saltdean from £895pcm AT and at Amber Court, Hove from £950pcm AST in addition to Diamond Collection property, Hortsley, Seaford from £1948.86pcm AT.

Girlings has over 2500 retirement apartments across the UK to suit all budgets, locations and aspirations. Most properties are located in purpose-built developments where facilities include a Residents’ Lounge, laundry and gardens, a development manager on site to support residents and there is a 24 hour emergency call system in each property in case of emergency.

To find out more visit the Girlings website at www.girlings.co.uk

Waterside Living

Waterside Living
at Portway Place

The UK’s waterways are about far more than boating and fishing. According to the Canal & River Trust, some 2 million people access the country’s waterways in order to simply walk or ramble alongside them. In fact, use of the UK’s waterways is so popular that Bellway Homes has included river access in its latest Essex development in Halstead, Portway Place.

The development backs on to the River Colne, with two, three and four-bedroom houses offering a wide range of accommodation types. Residents will be able to access the river and walk from their homes to the pretty market town of Halstead, home to ‘Essex’s Best Baker’ as well as several notable schools. 

With various sizes and layouts available, the residences at Portway Place have been designed to attract everyone from first-time buyers to families to downsizers. One of the benefits of waterside living is that it can provide a different experience for each visitor. In addition to the 2 million people who opt for a waterside walk or ramble, the Canal & River Trust found that 1.4 million of us visit the nations’ waterways to sit and enjoy the peace that this can bring. Dog walkers, cyclists and runners also have much to gain from owning a home at Portway Place and being able to access the River Colne with ease

Emma Hawkins, Sales Manager for Bellway Essex says, “At Portway Place, we wanted to offer residents the best of both worlds – easy access to outdoor pursuits that celebrate the best of the British countryside, together with spacious interiors that suit a wide range of lifestyles. It’s about providing homes that suit everyone, in order to create a vibrant community in a traditional country setting.”

The countryside location means that residents have access to a range of outdoor pursuits in addition to the River Colne. Horse riding, hiking, fishing, water skiing and open-water swimming are all available within 10 minutes of Portway Place, at Broaks Wood and Gosfield Lake Resort, while the area is also home to several parks and formal green spaces.

Prices at Portway Place start from £249,995 for a two-bedroom house and from £454,995 for a four bedroom home.

For further information call 01787 476941 or visit the Bellway website at www.bellway.co.uk

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