Amid the Government’s promise to deliver 300,000 new homes per year in England by the mid 2020s and the ever increasing demand for affordable housing, property remains well and truly at the top of the political agenda.
Most recently, Professor Sir Roger Scruton has been appointed to chair a new Government commission that will consider the aesthetics of buildings, including the material they are built with, their appeal and their size in order to harmonise with the urban environment ensuring they are built to last and that new homes are places for communities to live in. But, with the requirement to preserve the Green Belt in the most in demand areas and, by association, limited land availability, developers and planners are going to have to think outside the box to create exquisite homes in areas which are already high in density.
One way of achieving this, and preserving the all important feeling of community, is to consider the construction of town houses. Built on smaller plots, if designed well, the town house can offer practical, secure and convenient living accommodation.
This is something which design led developer, Bewley Homes is championing at two of its current development sites – Reading Gateway in the highly competitive area of Reading, Berkshire and Jubilee Meadows on the edge of the in demand area of Walton on Thames in Surrey. Both Reading and Walton on Thames offer superb commuter links into central London in well under half an hour, giving them great appeal for those who need to travel into the Capital for work.
Brett Reeves, Sales Manager at Bewley Homes, says: “There are so many advantages to living in a town house. First and foremost, they tend to be incredibly private dwellings in terms of layout. This is particularly the case with bedroom and bathroom configuration which is often over a couple of floors. In the growing trend of multi-generational living, where perhaps parents in-law are sharing accommodation with children or grand children, it enables everyone to have their own space and not feel like they live ‘on top of each other’. This is also a benefit if you are a family with children approaching their teenage years.
“In addition to this, those who live in town houses talk about the great sense of community – with everyone looking out for one another and which, by association, also helps to make town house living more secure.
“Many of those who have moved into our developments also speak about reduced outgoings finding that, because of its multi-layer layout, the cost of heating is significantly lower than in an equivalent sized detached or semi-detached house.”
“At Jubilee Meadows, we have created homes which come with a garage providing secure parking or, for those who choose not to use the space for their car, a useful additional storage space. The houses here have also been laid out with the principal reception areas on the ground floor, meaning there isn’t the strain of walking up and down the stairs to access the kitchen and reception areas which can make some slightly apprehensive about town house living.
“Upstairs, the layout comprises 3 bedrooms, en suite shower room and family bathroom on the first floor and, on the second floor, a master bedroom suite with dressing room and a full suite bathroom from premium Italian bathroom brand, ROCA.”
Bewley Homes is launching its new 4 bedroom town house show home on Saturday 24 November at Jubilee Meadows, Hersham. It is an opportunity for prospective purchasers to come and view the quality of the properties Bewley Homes is creating here. There will also be financial representatives from award winner whole market mortgage broker, Key Solutions, on hand to help with any financial queries and to advise on Part Exchange. Prices from £699,000. Contact Bewley Homes for more information on 0808 173 0001