Locking Parklands housing development earns award for helping first-time buyers

PUBLISHED: 17:30 25 November 2017

St Modwen Homes staff receiving their award. Picture: Philippa Gedge Photography

St Modwen Homes staff receiving their award. Picture: Philippa Gedge Photography

© Philippa Gedge Photography 2017

A housing development on the outskirts of Weston has won a top award for its commitment to helping first-time buyers.

Locking Parklands beat competition from developments across the UK to win the silver accolade in the Best Starter Home Scheme category at this year’s What House Awards.

The number of homes sold at the Locking Parklands development to first-time buyers stands at 90 per cent, with 86 per cent of them using the Government’s Help To Buy scheme to get on the property ladder.

St Modwen Homes managing director Dave Smith said: “Our popularity among first-time buyers continues to go from strength to strength, particularly at Locking Parklands where more than 70 per cent of our purchasers are aged between 26 and 35.

“Winning this What House award is credit to all the design, sales and site team who have worked hard to ensure we provide an inviting, friendly and helpful experience for first-time buyers.

“Not only do we offer contemporary, design-led homes that are within the budget of first-time purchasers, but we also provide free access to independent mortgage advisers along with the expertise of our sales team, helping to navigate new homeowners through the whole home-buying process.

“We have a real passion for helping people get on to the property ladder and we’re over the moon for this to have been recognised at Locking Parklands.”

When complete, St Modwen’s Locking Parklands development will be made up of 1,450 homes.

MORE: See where homes will be built in and around Locking Parklands

Adjacent land owned by Mead Realisations and a site to the south of Wolvershill Road between Banwell and Weston have also been earmarked for a development of 1,150 homes.

There are also plans to build a 420-pupil school at Locking Parklands but completion has been delayed due to work on the north-south spine road running behind schedule.

The Parklands Educate Together Primary School now looks set to open in September 2019, with a temporary site on land next to the Radio Wing Community Centre likely to be used to take on pupils in September 2018.

Earlier this month North Somerset Council agreed to spend around £8.8million to ensure the project is now completed on time.

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