A young couple from Macclesfield have finally escaped the rental trap and taken their first steps on the housing ladder at a Jones Homes development in Tytherington.
After years of saving up for a place of their own, Craig Walker, 24, and his partner Sophie Awajan, 22, have left their rented property behind and purchased a new three-bedroom home at Kingsfield Park, off Larkwood Way.
Craig, who works as an audio-visual engineer in Knutsford, and Sophie, who works as a material coordinator at AstraZeneca, both opened Help to Buy ISAs to help save up for their new home. Savers can put £200 per month into a Help to Buy ISA and earn a 25 per cent Government bonus on their savings, which can then be put towards a deposit.
Craig said: “We had been saving up to buy our own home for a while and had looked at a few different developments around Macclesfield.
“This development just had everything we were looking for. It’s a five-minute walk to work for Sophie and it takes me around half an hour in the car, which is excellent.
“It’s not just the location though. The price of the property meant the house that we wanted was really affordable with our Help to Buy ISAs.”
The couple have settled into their new three-bedroom Birch style house and are enjoying the freedom that comes with owning their own home.
Craig added: “Now we own our own home we can have a pet, something we could never do in a rented house. We have just got an eight-month old puppy and the development is not far from some lovely green open fields where we can walk him.”
“The people on the development are really welcoming too. Just the other night our neighbour invited me round for a catch up, which was great. We are still in the early stages of the move so it’s great to have nice neighbours to make us feel welcome.
“Buying has been a really fun process, and the staff at Jones Homes are so nice. My long-term goal is to own several properties and I would definitely buy with Jones Homes again.”
Jones Homes is building a range of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes at its Kingsfield Park development in Tytherington.
Wildlife is now flourishing around Backford Hall near Chester thanks to the combined efforts of Jones Homes and Cheshire Ecological Services.
The two have a long history of collaborating on ecological projects around Jones Homes’ developments in the North West and the success of the partnership has brought significant benefits to Backford.
When Jones Homes embarked on the renovation of the Grade II Listed Backford Hall and its outbuildings, also creating an additional 45 homes within the grounds, Cheshire Ecological Services was immediately called upon.
Together they designated an area of protected woodland, created new habitats by planting native species and managing wetland areas, and created a plan to ensure the protection of the wildlife on site going forward.
Now Cheshire Ecological Services, which is a consultancy arm of Cheshire Wildlife Trust, has hailed Backford Hall and Backford Park as a flagship ecological development.
Principal Ecologist Jim Grundy explained: “The ecological value of the site is far higher since Jones Homes began carrying out its ecological improvement work here. This is because large areas of non- native invasive shrubs that were dominating and extensively shading the woodland area have been removed and replaced with UK native trees and shrubs.
“Backford Park is a huge success story for a range of species, including great crested newts, which are endangered and protected by EU law. The number of adult newts has grown from a peak count of just 20 individuals prior to the works to 125 individuals post development with the count considered likely to rise in the coming years.
“Jones Homes’ developments across the North West have been sympathetic to the wildlife around them. They have recognised the value of conservation and been prepared to work with us to build a lasting relationship.”
Under the guidance of Cheshire Ecological Services, Jones Homes has created areas where amphibians can hibernate, open spaces to encourage different species to thrive, bird boxes and self-contained, self-cleaning bat boxes.
The woodland, once of limited value to many species, is now a wildlife haven, featuring play areas and open spaces which residents and visitors can enjoy.
Birds, Bats, butterflies, frogs, toads newts and a huge variety of insects and invertebrates can be found within the woodland area, along with some rare specimen trees which were imported and planted by a former owner of Backford Hall. These specimen trees, including a Monkey Puzzle tree which is at least 150 years old, have been retained and preserved.
Gary Hardy, Managing Director at Jones Homes, said: “The legacy of a new homes development is much more than bricks and mortar. Aside from creating new communities, we have a responsibility to ensure we mitigate any impact on the ecology within a site.
“At Jones Homes we take this a step further and aim to improve the ecological environment as far as possible. We’re proud to say that this has been achieved within the grounds of Backford Hall and Backford Park.
“We will continue to work with Cheshire Ecological services to manage the woodland and wildlife areas to protect this legacy.”
People who buy a new home in Preston from Jones Homes could net an unexpected bonus – tickets to see Preston North End FC at their home ground, Deepdale.
The Lilywhites have teamed up with housebuilder Jones Homes to offer two match tickets per new household on the developer’s sites at Ribbleswood Chase in Cottam and Walton Meadows in Walton-le-Dale.
The complimentary match tickets for Championship matches will be included in the welcome packs for people moving into one of the 74 homes on the two developments.
Carol Barlow, Sales Director for Jones Homes Lancashire, said: “We always like to greet new house buyers on our developments with a welcome pack that tells them a little about the area they’re moving into.
“What could be a better way of soaking up the local atmosphere than free tickets to the big local football club?
“Local people will know about the proud history of Preston North End and Deepdale of course, but people who have moved to the Preston area may not know much about the club, which is of huge importance to the town. They may even become loyal Preston North End supporters.
A Preston North End spokesman said: “Preston is a growing city, with many people moving into new housing in the area and we are delighted to partner with local housebuilders to welcome new residents of our city to the stadium for the first of what we hope will be many visits they will make over the coming months and years.”
Jones Homes’ Ribbleswood Chase development has a variety of homes available, including two-bedroom bungalows and three and four-bedroom family houses.
Walton Meadows, meanwhile, has just a few homes remaining for sale in a semi-rural suburb, including two-bedroom apartments, two-bedroom mews houses and four-bedroom detached houses.
A family have made their home in a renovated Grade II Listed lodge 20 years after first admiring the property.
Karyn Cartwright, 50, could not believe her luck when she visited Jones Homes’ Backford Hall development near Chester and discovered that The Lodge had been renovated and was on the market.
Karyn’s husband Gary, 55, had recently retired from his career as a project manager and the couple had just returned from banking his retirement cheque when they decided to visit the development.
Karyn said: “We had been looking for a new home for four years but couldn’t find anything that had enough land with it. We needed the garden space for our two English setters, Alfie and Cooper.
“We were talking to the builders on the site and after hearing about what we were looking for, they suggested The Lodge – the same one I’d admired for 20 years.
“We didn’t know it was for sale earlier that day but four hours later, with the help of sales advisor Sandra, The Lodge was ours.
“The site manager, Malcolm, has helped us with all our questions. Sandra would call us regularly before we moved in to update us on the process. They have all been so good to us.
“We were impressed that Jones Homes had created an amazing utility room made from unused space at the top of the stairs and they were very flexible with our needs.”
Jones Homes has sensitively restored the historic Backford Hall, its outbuildings and stables, in addition to building 45 new homes in the surrounding land at Backford Park.
The Lodge was one of the final buildings to be converted, along with the stable blocks.
Karyn said: “The Lodge is like a celebrity because everyone around here knows it. Our friends enjoy telling people that they know someone who lives there.
“We’ve been here for two weeks and I pinch myself because I can’t quite believe it. We’re just in love. It’s fabulous.”
The couple have been settling into their new home along with their daughter Clair, 29, who is studying conservation and was keen to learn about the extensive ecological measures introduced by Jones Homes at Backford Park.
Karyn said: “Clair is in her element here. She was thrilled to see Jones Homes had created ponds for great crested newts – so much so that she is bringing her class here to have a look.”
Just two homes are now available to buy at Backford Hall and Backford Park. The Clydesdale, a two-bedroom converted home is priced at £449,950 at The Stables. One apartment is available in the main hall building – The Loft, a three-bedroom apartment with three parking spaces priced at £424,950.
Jones Homes is building seven discounted homes to help local people to buy a new home in Walton le Dale, Preston.
The homes at Walton Meadows, in Duddle Lane, are being sold at 80 per cent of the usual market value. Five discounted homes are currently available to local people who meet qualifying criteria. Carol Barlow, Sales Director for Jones Homes Lancashire, said: “Starter homes are an increasingly popular and effective way for local authorities and developers to work together to help local first-time buyers.
“The seven starter homes at Walton Meadows will make a significant contribution to the affordable housing stock in the village. The homes are two-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom houses. They fit seamlessly within the street scene at Walton Meadows and are built to the same exacting standards of quality and design as every Jones Homes property.”
Walton Meadows comprises of 26 properties. The discounted homes currently available range between £94,396 and £135,996. Purchasers will need to meet criteria set by South Ribble Borough Council, demonstrating that they have strong links to the area and could not afford to buy a home on the open market. When the discounted homes are resold in the future, they will be priced at 20 per cent below market value at the time.
The final homes available for open market sale at Walton Meadows have now been released. Prices currently start at £291,995 for a four-bedroom detached house.
Three starter homes have been released for sale for a discounted price at a new housing development in Golcar, Huddersfield.
Jones Homes is offering three Birch semi-detached houses at Century View to eligible first-time buyers for 80 per cent of their market value, as part of the planning agreement for the development with Kirklees Council.
Qualifying purchasers must be first-time buyers with a gross household income of less than £80,000 and who are: aged between 23 and 40; over 40 but buying the property with a first-time buyer aged between 23 and 40; a current or former member of the Armed Forces who was injured in service or the partner of a member of the Armed Forces who died in service.
Jayne Swift, Sales and Marketing Director at Jones Homes Yorkshire, said: “Starter homes are a brilliant way to help first-time buyers take their first steps onto the property ladder. “We are proud to be working with the local authority to provide these homes at such a substantial discount. The starter homes at Century View are three-bedroom semi-detached Birch style homes that are built to the same high standard of all Jones Homes properties and finished with a high-quality internal specification. We are not expecting these properties to be available for very long, so I’d advise anyone interested to come along and find out more as soon as possible.”
The full open market value of the three-bedroom Birch is £209,995, with the discounted plots being sold for £167,996.
Century View, just off Swallow Lane, is made up of a mix of just 19 three and four-bedroom houses, centred around green open space.
Jones Homes has begun work on a development of 19 new homes in Golcar. Preliminary works at Century View, off Swallow Lane, have been completed and construction is progressing apace ahead of the development’s anticipated launch this summer.
The homes at Century View, named due to its proximity to the village cricket field, will include three-bedroom semi-detached and four-bedroom detached houses. Three of the homes have been designated as starter homes, which will be sold at a discounted price to first-time buyers who meet qualifying criteria.
David Ruffley, Regional Director for Jones Homes Yorkshire, said: “We are pleased with the progress we are making at Century View and the development is already generating a lot of interest. Jones Homes previously built 20 homes at Meadow View off Leymoor Road in Golcar. This development, which was completed in 2017, was especially popular because it offered the benefits of living in a new home without being part of a large estate. The early signs are that the same will be true at Century View. The starter homes will be a real asset to the community. These homes will be sold at 20 per cent below the usual market value to people who could not otherwise afford to buy a home of their own.
There is a need for more new homes in Golcar and Jones Homes is committed to ensuring that these are delivered to the highest possible standards. The quality of build will be first class and the homes will be equipped with fixtures and fittings for which other developers would usually charge extra.”
Jones Homes builds across the North of England and the South East. Its Yorkshire headquarters is located in Cleckheaton. The company was established 60 years ago and is currently expanding its presence across Yorkshire. Century View is one of seven new sites purchased by the Yorkshire division over the past year.
The site manager at a new housing development in Harworth says he is “on cloud nine” after landing a coveted industry award. Ian Lockwood, who is in charge at Jones Homes’ Simpson Park development off Scrooby Road, has received a Pride in the Job Quality Award from the National House Building Council (NHBC). He is one of just 450 site managers from around 16,000 across the country to be awarded the prestigious accolade, which recognises those who achieve the highest standards in construction.
It is the first Pride in the Job award that Ian has won in his 19-year career as a site manager, the last 12 years of which he has spent at Jones Homes. Ian, 59, of Conisbrough, said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to win a Pride in the Job award. I have been very close in the past so to finally get my hands on one after all these years is a great feeling. I’m still on cloud nine.
“At Jones Homes we always strive to deliver a quality product for our customers so I’m delighted that our efforts have been recognised by the judges. To run a successful site it’s important to have good man management skills and a dedicated workforce, and at Simpson Park I’m extremely fortunate to have an excellent team of people who are committed to their work.”
Jones Homes is building 71 homes at Simpson Park, which is part of a wider regeneration of the former Harworth Coliery. The first residents have just moved in and two show homes will be launched in July. Construction work on the site is due to be completed by next summer.
Prior to starting work at Simpson Park, Ian was previously site manager at the nearby Woodland Grange development, also off Scrooby Road, where 117 new homes have been built.
Hade Edge school children donned high visibility vests and hard hats to experience a day in the life of a construction worker. Pupils from Hade Edge Junior and Infant School were invited by Jones Homes to learn more about the housebuilding industry at its Heather View development off Dunford Road in the village. The children, aged between nine and 10, explored the show home and went out on site to see construction work in progress before trying their hand at bricklaying.
The tour was conducted by Site Manager Ben Bowen, Sales Advisor Gail Lindsay, and Divisional Construction Director Bob Kerr. Jones Homes Divisional Construction Director Bob Kerr said: “It was a pleasure to welcome pupils from Hade Edge School to our Heather View development. The housebuilding industry offers so many fulfilling career options, and we are keen to promote those opportunities to young people.
“The children seemed to really enjoy their visit, and we hope the experience will stay with them as they move through education and eventually begin to make decisions about their future careers.”
Head Teacher of Hade Edge Junior and Infant School, Jeff Kilner, said: “We’re always keen to expand our pupils’ horizons, especially when it comes to inspiring their future career paths. The Jones Homes team were great with the children and our pupils came away with a lot more interest in the construction industry than they had before this trip.”
Jones Homes is building a range of three, four and five-bedroom homes at its Heather View development.
Local families had a fun-filled afternoon taking part in an Easter Egg trail held at a new homes development in Hade Edge, near Holmfirth.
Housebuilder Jones Homes arranged the event at its Heather View development off Dunford Road on Saturday, April 20, and was delighted to welcome excited visitors throughout the afternoon. The housebuilder had arranged for an egg hunt for children, while adults were able to explore the site and meet the team.
Sales and Marketing Director for Jones Homes, Jayne Swift, said: “We always love putting on events for local people at our developments and there was plenty of fun to be had at Heather View this Easter. We wanted to share what we’ve created so far with the people who live in the area and give them an opportunity to visit us to get to know more about the homes on offer, while the children had fun in the process. We were overjoyed that families and friends came out to take part in the egg hunt. It was a true pleasure to see everyone interacting.”
The newly appointed Sales Manager at Jones Homes Southern says he is looking forward to a long and prosperous career with the company.
Greg Parkes, 26, will have responsibility for the privately-owned housebuilder’s developments across Kent and Sussex.
He joins the company with seven years’ experience in the industry under his belt, having worked his way up from Sales Executive to Trainee Sales Manager. Prior to that, he was a retail manager with Marks & Spencer.
Greg, who lives in Maidstone and is a keen golfer in his spare time, will be based at Jones Homes Southern’s regional office in Swanley.
He said: “This is an important step in my career and I’m really pleased to be making it with Jones Homes. They have an excellent reputation within the industry and are renowned for the fantastic quality of their product.
“As Jones Homes is a privately-owned company, you get to work very closely with the people at the top of the business, and as a result, feel much more involved in the decision-making process.”
“My aim is to have a long and prosperous career with Jones Homes and I’m looking forward to establishing myself in my new role and making a positive difference to the company.”
Sara Stanhope, Sales and Marketing Director for Jones Homes Southern, said: “Greg’s impressive track record in the industry, which includes several years working in the very competitive London market, combined with his previous management experience, made him the ideal candidate for this role.
“We are delighted to welcome him to the team and look forward to working alongside him to help grow the business in the years ahead.”
More information about career opportunities with Jones Homes can be found at jones-homes.co.uk/careers/
The foundations have been laid at a new housing development in Lenham, ready for the first homes to go on sale later this year.
Construction work is now underway at Jones Homes’ Westwood Park development, off Ham Lane, where Jones Homes Southern is building 70 new homes.
Westwood Park will include a range of three and four-bedroom houses, with the first plots due to be released for this winter, when a sales centre will open on site.
Sara Stanhope, Sales Director for Jones Homes Southern, said: “Building work has now started to deliver these new homes at Westwood Park, which neighbours our existing Westwood Grange development in the village.
“We are proud of the links we’ve already built in the village and are looking forward to further strengthening our relationship with the local community through this new development.
“There’s a growing need for new homes in this part of Kent, especially three and four-bedroom houses for couples and families, and we have carefully designed the properties we are building here to meet this rising demand.
“With work progressing well on site, we’re now looking forward to welcoming the first visitors to the development later this year. In the meantime, people can visit our website and register their interest to ensure they receive the latest information about the launch as it becomes available.”
As part of the planning agreement for the development, Jones Homes will make contributions of around £290,000 to support local infrastructure, including education and healthcare, open spaces, traffic improvements and libraries.
The development will feature a landscaped area to the north-west of the site, while hedges to the east and south will be preserved and there will be nest boxes for swifts to the north of the development, where the houses will look out onto the Kent Downs.
To register for updates on the new homes coming soon at Westwood Park, visit jones-homes.co.uk.
As a project sales manager in the building industry, you’d expect Jon Robinson to know a good new home when he saw one.
So when he calls the house he bought ‘exceptional’, you can take notice.
Jon (57) bought the three-bedroom semi-detached Baycliffe house at Jones Homes’ Appledown Grange development in Marden, near Maidstone, earlier this year.
He said: “I think it’s an exceptionally well built and designed house and with a great use of space - the kitchen/dining room right across the rear of the house was exactly what I was looking for”.
“All the bedrooms are a good size; even the third bedroom, which I’ll be using as an office, and it’s also got a very good size garage.”
The Baycliffe design is eye-catching from the outside, with the triangular shape of its white clad exterior reminiscent of the sales of a yacht.
Inside, the kitchen/dining room has French doors to the garden, while there’s also a spacious living room and a downstairs cloakroom. Upstairs, the master bedroom has an en-suite shower room, and there are two other good-size bedrooms and a main bathroom.
Jon used the Help to Buy scheme to purchase the house which he said had helped him buy a better property than he would otherwise have been able to.
The scheme allows buyers to secure a new-build home with a five per cent deposit and a 75 per cent mortgage. The remaining 20 per cent is provided by a Government loan which is interest free for the first five years.
Jon said he bought a new-build home because “it’s reassuring to have a 10-year structural guarantee for the property as well as the developers own Customer Care service”.
He said he had learnt over the years that any new building could have little snags, and it was then a question of how quickly the developer rectified these snags.
He said: “At Marden the customer care team are very responsive and the customer care rep I deal with is both very likeable and multi-talented!
“Just as importantly, the sales team looked after me really well along my own journey, keeping me updated and ‘in the loop’ all the time. It’s a critical factor for any purchaser”
Jon is also a fan of the large village of Marden. “Technically it’s a village, but it seems to have the amenities of a small town, whilst maintaining a ‘village’ atmosphere and spirit” he said.
“I needed a quality house home where I could walk out of the front door into a community. Marden has a great new sports club, shops, an amazing cafe, two really good pubs, a social club and an all-important railway station.
It’s a 10-minute walk from Appledown Grange to the station, and then just 55 minutes to Charing Cross. The development also has good links to the road network, including the A21, the A229 and then to the M25.
“I just found that Appledown Grange and this particular house ticked all my boxes,” he said. “I would definitely recommend the house and, equally, the developer and their build quality to anyone.”
There’s a choice of three, four and five-bedroom homes currently available to reserve at Appledown Grange, Marden. For more information, contact the sales office, open every day from 10am to 5.30pm, on 01622 831507 or visit jones-homes.co.uk.
Jones Homes Southern has unveiled a new Signature Collection, showcasing a range of homes with exceptionally high specification.
The collection will be rolled out in larger homes across the company’s developments in the South East.
The first Signature Collection show home has opened at Jones Homes’ flagship Kingsborough Manor development in Eastchurch, Kent. The next development to feature the range will be Folders Grove, in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, where two Signature Collection show homes are due to open later this year.
Sales and Marketing Director Sara Stanhope said: “Jones Homes has built its reputation on creating homes which demonstrate the highest standards of design and specification.
“At Kingsborough Manor, we have spent 20 years building large executive homes to help attract new residents to the area and to meet the needs of people who already live in Eastchurch.
“This approach, which was masterminded by the local authority, has enabled us to create a thriving new community at Kingsborough Manor. As we move into the final stages, we identified a need to raise the bar even further and the new Signature Collection was our response.”
The Signature Collection homes feature luxurious extras as standard. Bathrooms have been designed with full height Porcelanosa tiling, Villeroy and Boch sanitaryware and Hansgrohe taps. The Aqualisa digital showers and digital bath fillers add an additional level of indulgence. For home entertainment, there’s even the option of adding an integrated home sound system, which can be operated from around the house.
The open-plan Symphony kitchens combine style and functionality, with integrated Neff appliances, including a wine cooler and induction hob.
The star of the Signature Collection at Kingsborough Manor is the garden room, which floods the homes with space and light through the expansive windows and bifold doors. There are also wider driveways, remote control garage doors and external floodlights.
Sara Stanhope said: “The new Signature Collection has been extremely well received at Kingsborough Manor and we are confident it will be just as popular when we unveil the homes at Folders Grove.
“The range has been driven by our customers’ feedback and it will continue to evolve, but the principles of luxurious fixtures and fittings, complemented by additional space and light, will remain at the heart of the collection.”
Four and five-bedroom homes at Kingsborough Manor range from £600,000 to £660,000. For more information on Jones Homes Southern developments and the Signature Collection see jones-homes.co.uk
Three-storey living is back in vogue – and it’s easy to see why when you visit Mayfield Place.
Jones Homes has created a stunning set of three-storey townhouses in Love Lane on the edge of Mayfield.
Drawing on 60 years of housebuilding experience, Jones Homes has delivered a masterclass in three-storey design.
From the luxurious master bedroom suite on the top floor, down to the ground floor open plan living area, these homes demonstrate how townhouse layout can marry space, light and value for money.
The finishing touches have been made and the final three homes available for sale are ready to move into.
Sara Stanhope, Sales Director for Jones Homes Southern, said: “There has been an identifiable increase in demand for three-storey homes in recent years.
“Providing the design is right, townhouses can offer fantastic value for money, while delivering the space people have come to expect in a new home.
“At Mayfield Place we have balanced elements of open-plan living with more traditional design. The kitchens are created as separate rooms and the living/dining area provides a large reception room with doors onto the garden.
“There are two double bedrooms and a family bathroom on the first floor and the 15tf x 14ft top floor bedroom suite has an en suite and dressing area.
“When we show people around the homes, they are invariably surprised at just how spacious they are. With just three remaining for sale, I’d encourage anyone who is looking to secure maximum space for their budget to make an appointment to take a look around.”
Mayfield Place is a small development of homes on either side of Love Lane. The homes have been designed to include architectural accents which draw on the features of established buildings in the village. Jones Homes has created characterful homes without the high maintenance costs associated with older homes.
The first phase of three and four-bedroom homes is also complete. The development has generated almost £55,000 of investment in the local community through planning contributions.
Homes at Mayfield Place carry Jones Homes’ hallmark of exemplary quality. Details such as Porcelanosa tiles, Neff kitchen appliances, integrated wine coolers, Villeroy and Boch bathrooms and Hansgrohe taps are provided as standard.
The remaining homes at Mayfield Place are available to purchase from £450,000. To arrange a viewing contact Lambert and Foster Estate Agents on 01435 873999. For more information see jones-homes.co.uk.