Allison Homes gifts homebuyers a £2,000 voucher this New Homes Week

At selected developments, we are treating homebuyers who reserve this New Homes Week (Monday 26th February to Sunday 3rd March) to a £2,000 John Lewis gift voucher*.

New Homes Week is an annual campaign ran by the Home Builders Federation (HBF), celebrating all the benefits of new build homes. During the week, the HBF will provide property seekers with guidance and information about new homes, such as the increased energy efficiency and simpler buying process, all around this year’s theme of ‘Tomorrow awaits: Make it yours’.

Homebuyers who reserve an Allison home during New Homes Week will receive a £2,000 John Lewis gift voucher upon completion, helping them to decorate their new home.

Across our East region, the offer is available at Frampton Gate, The Orchards and Tudor Reach in Lincolnshire, Whittlesey Green, Harriers Rest and Abbey Park in Cambridgeshire, Farriers Reach in Rutland, Kings Meadow in Nottinghamshire, The Oaks in Norfolk and Venus Fields in Suffolk.

In our South West region, homebuyers can benefit from the incentive at Weavers Place, High Moor View, Foxglove View and Primrose Meadows in Devon.

This limited-time offer is only available during New Homes Week and will be guaranteed on top of any other incentives we are running at the time.

Ahead of New Homes Week, the HBF published new statistics from its ‘Watt a Save’ report1, which found that new build homes are 55 per cent cheaper than existing properties in terms of energy bills.

The report details that, on average, buyers of new build houses save up to £184 per month, totalling more than £2,200 a year. New properties require significantly less energy use, as on average they are 66 per cent more energy efficient and emit 61 per cent less carbon than older homes.

Michele Jones, Head of Sales at Allison Homes South West, said: “Everything we do at Allison Homes is with the homebuyer in mind. Our goal is to make the process of moving into a brand new home as exciting as possible, which is why we’re offering new buyers a £2,000 gift this New Homes Week.

“New Homes Week is a fantastic campaign and one that we’re proud to be a part of. There are so many advantages to living in a new build property, and we’re looking forward to connecting more people with their dream home.”

For more information on New Homes Week, visit https://new-homes.co.uk/new-homes-week/.

*UK, 18+. Offer available between 26th February and 3rd March 2024. £2,000 John Lewis & Partners voucher issued at time of completion. Visit https://allison-homes.co.uk/allison-homes-voucher-promotion-new-homes-week/ for full details.

1https://www.hbf.co.uk/policy/wattasave/

Allison Homes East opens new show home on popular Peterborough development

Our East region has officially opened the show home on the second phase of our Abbey Park development in Thorney, with former landowner Michael Sly.

Abbey Park is situated off Deer Park Way, just 12 miles from our new head office, and consists of 68 three and four-bedroom houses for sale in Peterborough, which all feature solar panels as standard.

Previous landowner Michael Sly, who is also Director of Park Farm Thorney and Chairman of The Thorney Society, cut the ribbon to the development’s new four bedroom show home, The Aspen, before receiving a tour of the property.

Michael said: “I was honoured that Allison Homes invited me to cut the ribbon to open the new show home in Thorney. It was wonderful to be given a tour of the Abbey Park development and see how well the scheme is progressing.

“I’m sure that residents will be extremely happy here, and I wish Allison Homes all the best for the future.”

Following the official launch, buyers who have already reserved homes at Abbey Park were invited to receive private tours of the show home, giving them a taste of what life will be like once they’re moved in.

Interested property seekers are now able to meet with the sales team to tour The Aspen for themselves, find out more about the available homes and learn about the homebuying schemes on offer, such as Part Exchange and Assisted Sale.

The Aspen is a stylish family home, offering the best in modern design and priced from £410,000. The home opens into a hallway, from which an open plan kitchen/dining area, living room, study and cloakroom can be accessed. The spacious kitchen/dining room is the perfect space for entertaining in and spending time together as family, benefiting from French doors leading to the rear garden and a separate utility room.

Upstairs are four bedrooms, one of which features an en suite, and contemporary family bathroom. The home is completed with a single garage and two parking spaces.

Kelly Toms, Sales and Marketing Director at Allison Homes East, said: “It was a real pleasure to have Michael Sly cut the ribbon to our brand new show home. The Aspen is a fantastic home and we are delighted that it’s now open for property seekers to tour.

“We are looking forward to showing customers around this wonderful home and hope they love it just as much as we do. We’d encourage anyone who is interested in making the move to Abbey Park to get in touch with our sales team to find out more.”

Thorney is a historical, peaceful village which is located less than eight miles away from Peterborough. The village is home to the impressive Thorney Abbey, a community centre, independent tearoom and dog park. For families, there is Smiley Faces nursery and Duke of Bedford Primary School, both rated “Good” by OFSTED.

To find out more about Abbey Park and the available houses for sale in Peterborough, visit https://allison-homes.co.uk/development/abbey-park/ or contact the sales team on abbey.park@allison-homes.com and 07483 092042.

Planning Inspectorate Greenlights 110 New Homes in March

We are delighted to share a significant milestone for Allison Homes and the community of March.

More than 100 much-needed new homes have been allowed on appeal by the Planning Inspectorate after Fenland District Council Planning Committee’s decision to refuse a planning application in the market town of March.

The Planning Inspectorate determined that the committee’s reasons for refusal were not sound or justified and that the proposal complied with the Council’s planning policies.

The site, off Upwell Road in March, had already been identified by Fenland District Council as a suitable location for housing in the council’s most recent draft Local Plan – a key local planning policy created by local councils that confirms where it would like to see new homes built to support its growth needs.

The plans had also been recommended for approval by the council’s planning officers as the application complied with the Local Plan policies and the proposal had suitably addressed drainage, flooding, and traffic matters.

The decision by the Planning Inspectorate means that the application has now been approved and work can begin, once detailed designs (Reserved Matters) have been approved and relevant conditions discharged.

The new development, which will be built by Allison Homes, will create 110 high quality new homes in a variety of sizes and styles to meet local need, and will include up to 22 much needed affordable homes which will be provided through registered housing associations or affordable housing schemes to support local people. The development is also expected to provide around £300,000 towards NHS, highway/footpath improvements and local library provision through developer contributions.

Glyn Mabey, Managing Director of Allison Homes East Region, said: “While we take no joy in appealing the decisions made by planning committees, in this instance it was clear that our plans had met all the requirements set out by the council’s planning policies, on a site that the council had identified as a place where it would like to see new houses built.

“We understand the concerns that local people have regarding traffic congestion and flooding. As with all our planning applications, we are required to work closely with planning officers, statutory consultees and Anglian Water, to make sure that all these areas are thoroughly considered, and the necessary on-site and off-site infrastructure is put in place to support the new development. With this application, all bodies were happy with the plans that had been put in place.

“Now this decision has been made, we will now work quickly to present detailed designs of the houses and layout for final approval. We then look forward to starting to build the new homes later this year.

Full details of the Planning Inspectorate’s decision can be found here.

New build houses are 55% cheaper than existing properties

An updated report from the Home Builders Federation (HBF) has found that new build homes are 55 per cent cheaper than existing properties in terms of energy bills, saving owners of new build houses an average of more than £2,200.

The report, called ‘Watt a Save’, was updated this month (January 2024) and found that on average buyers of new build houses, rather than flats or bungalows, save up to £184 per month, totalling more than £2,200 a year.

Alongside the financial benefits, new build homes are also proven to be much more environmentally friendly.

The report details that 85 per cent of new builds are rated A or B for energy efficiency. In contrast, under five per cent of existing properties reached the same standards.

New build properties also require significantly less energy use. On average, they are 66 per cent more energy efficient and emit 61 per cent less carbon than older homes.

Charlotte Barber, Sales Manager at Allison Homes East, said: “It’s fantastic to see that new build homes continue to be more energy efficient and cost effective for homeowners. The environmental benefits of buying a new home translate into tangible and substantial savings for our customers.

“As standard, all of our properties are purpose-built to be energy efficient and designed with superior insulation, heating systems, and low energy appliances and lighting. We take pride in providing people with homes that are energy efficient, enabling residents to live more comfortably and benefit from bringing those bills even lower.”

To find out more about our available homes, visit https://allison-homes.co.uk/developments/.

The ‘Watt a Save’ report can be viewed at https://www.hbf.co.uk/policy/wattasave/.

Allison Homes Construction Manager takes home prestigious national award

We are incredibly proud to announce that Paul Vasey, former Site Manager and now Construction Manager at Allison Homes East, has received the prestigious National Site Manager of The Year Award from LABC Warranty, for the exceptional work taking place at our Harriers Rest development in Wittering, Cambridgeshire.

Harriers Rest, located off Lawrence Road, is a stunning collection of three, four and five bedroom homes. This is not the first time the site has received recognition, as in both July and October 2023 Paul, who was Site Manager for the development at the time, accepted an LABC Bricks Award in recognition of the high quality craftsmanship.

Paul was then awarded the LABC Warranty Regional Site Manager of the Year Award in the East of England region, which qualified him for the national award. The Site Manager Awards celebrate the dedication and commitment it takes to deliver quality sites, and each year Site Managers are rewarded for their outstanding contribution to construction.

Since his regional win, Paul has been promoted to Construction Manager for Allison Homes East. He accepted the National Site Manager Award in recognition of the work he did in his previous role at the LABC Grand Finals, which were held at Grosvenor House London on Friday 19th January.

Paul Vasey said: “When I was notified of the regional win I was shocked and surprised, it took a lot of time to sink in, and going on to take home the national win is even more of a shock. This is a huge personal accomplishment, it has helped pave the way for my recent promotion to Construction Manager and is something I have always strived for.

“This award win from a business perspective is a massive achievement, as collectively winning awards is the trajectory we are pursuing. By winning these awards, it dovetails into building desirable developments and communities which is great for our reputation.”

Glyn Mabey, Managing Director for Allison Homes East said: “We are all incredibly proud of Paul and everything he has achieved at Harriers Rest. He is an exceptional member of the team and inspires everyone he works with. Congratulations to him and everyone who works at Harriers Rest.”

Want it All? Take advantage of homebuying schemes with Allison Homes

At Allison Homes, we pride ourselves on making the homebuying journey as easy and stress-free as possible, which is why we’re offering a range of incentive home-buying schemes for buyers who are looking for a fantastic new home within a thriving community.

Across our East and South West regions, we carefully craft developments in great locations, with beautifully designed and energy-efficient homes, to ensure that residents have everything they need on their doorsteps.

Kelly Toms, Sales and Marketing Director at Allison Homes East, said: “To help property seekers make the move to a fantastic Allison home in 2024, we are running a host of homebuying schemes. We want buyers to find the home of their dreams and have everything they want in a way that is affordable, and hope that our below offers are a huge help.”

Five per cent deposit paid

To help with the initial financial stress of moving home, we are offering five per cent deposit paid* on selected homes, including ones at Harriers Rest and Whittlesey Green in Cambridgeshire.

With this offer, new homeowners can save up extra funds to be put towards mortgage payments or solicitors fees, or treat themselves to furniture and décor that was previously out of budget.

Mortgage paid for 12 months

At selected developments, such as The Orchards, Tudor Reach and Frampton Gate, all in Lincolnshire, and Venus Fields in Suffolk, we are inviting homebuyers to take a holiday from their mortgage payments.

Those who reserve selected plots will receive a contribution from us upon completion**, which can then be put towards mortgage payments, allowing buyers to focus on the excitement of moving to a brand new property.

Full value Part Exchange

For existing homeowners, we are providing a helping hand by offering 100 per cent Part Exchange*** on selected homes.

Part Exchange allows property seekers to buy a brand new Allison home without needing to sell their current property first or pay estate agent fees. We will arrange for a minimum of two independent valuations of the property, and upon acceptance of an offer we will reserve the buyer’s chosen Allison home.

This scheme is running at our developments Abbey Park in Cambridgeshire, Farriers Reach in Rutland, Kings Meadow in Nottinghamshire and The Oaks in Norfolk.

*T&Cs apply. Offer is contribute up to a maximum of 5% deposit payable at the time of completion and is subject to lender’s criteria. Following the withdrawal or termination of any offer, we reserve the right to extend, reintroduce or amend any such offer as we see fit at any time. Only available on selected plots. Please speak to your sales advisor for more information.

**T&Cs apply. Visit https://allison-homes.co.uk/live-mortgage-free/ for full details.

***T&Cs apply. Available when purchasing selected homes from Allison Homes where your existing property is valued at no more than 75% of the selling price of the home you are purchasing. You must own the freehold or the leasehold (100 years+) on the property you wish to Part Exchange. Any part exchange offer made must be accepted within 48 hours. Subject to availability, status, eligibility, Allison Homes’ standard Contract for Sale, satisfactory homebuyers’ report & any necessary inspections, further enquiries or reports. Scheme may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Cannot be used in conjunction with other offers & cannot be redeemed retrospectively. See https://allison-homes.co.uk/part-exchange-terms-and-conditions/ for full T&Cs.

Top energy saving tips from Allison Homes

This Energy Saving Week, which is running from Monday 15th to Sunday 21st January we’ve asked members of the Allison Homes team to share their top tips on how homebuyers can reduce energy bills.

Kelly Toms, Sales and Marketing Director at Allison Homes East, said: “Energy Saving Week is a great opportunity to have a look at your usage and see where you could improve it, both to help the planet and your wallet. We hope that these tips our staff have shared help people to make positive changes.”

Keep warm without turning up the heat

Trying to keep warm is one of the biggest energy expenses at this time of year. Our staff shared how they avoid turning the heating on by wearing more layers, using hot water bottles and warming up with some exercise, particularly on their lunch break if they work from home.

They also shared how they get the most out of their heating when they do turn it on. One of our team members explained that they turn the radiators off in unused rooms and make sure to keep doors closed to lock heat in.

Only have lights on when needed

Of course, you need to be able to see what you’re doing and where you’re going, but that doesn’t mean there’s no room to save when it comes to lights. It’s a good idea to turn the lights off whenever you leave a room, or as many of our team said, follow your children around and turn them off after they inevitably forgot to do so.

You can also save yourself all the running around by having lights on a timer, meaning they’ll never be on for extended periods with no one around to need them.

Plan your usage

Many of us could make significant savings simply by thinking ahead before using an appliance. One member of staff told us they batch cook their meals, meaning they have to use their hob and oven much less, and also noted that they benefit from the convenience of having a homecooked meal ready and waiting for them most days.

If batch cooking isn’t for you, instead you could plan your meals so that they don’t require multiple appliances being on at the same time, put any water leftover from boiling the kettle in a flask for use throughout the day, or simply only pour in the water you need at the time instead of filling it to the brim.

Take advantage of schemes and technology

There are plenty of options outside of manually tracking and turning everything off that can help you reduce your energy usage. Our staff take advantage of smart meters that can give them real time information on what is driving up their bills, or those who have solar panels use an EDDI, which is a device that diverts surplus power from solar panels and wind turbines and puts it to use elsewhere in your home.

They also shared the benefits of the EDF ‘Beat The Peak scheme’. This is an opt-in scheme where you earn money by using less electricity when demand is high. EDF sends an email to eligible customers confirming when to cut their usage, allowing them to earn up to £3 for every kwh of electricity that is reduced within the allocated time.

Allison Homes is building energy efficient homes throughout the country, to find out more visit, Allison Homes | New Builds Near Me | Allison Homes (allison-homes.co.uk).

Allison Homes appoints trio of senior team members to develop new East Midlands region

We are establishing our presence in the East Midlands by hiring three new senior team members, to help carry out our ambitious growth plans and secure new land across the region.

Allison Homes East Midlands is our brand new region, covering Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Aimée Watts, Paul Savage and Ryan Evans have been appointed as Land Manager, Commercial Manager and Head of Technical respectively. The trio will all be based at Allison Homes East Midlands’ office in Castle Donington, which is in the centre of the region’s operational area, running from Chesterfield to Rugby.

Aimée started her career as a Graduate Land Buyer at Orbit Group, before moving to L&Q and then Countryside Partnerships as a Land and Partnerships Manager. Paul has worked in housebuilding for over 35 years, having previously spent time at Crest Nicholson, Bovis Homes and Keepmoat, and Ryan joins Allison Homes with over 10 years of experience in the industry, from working at Taylor Wimpey, Bloor Homes and Avant Homes.

Aimée, from Leicestershire, said: “Allison’s strong focus on partnerships and its growth strategy is really exciting, as is the opportunity to help grow the business. The company values and emphasis on teamwork really appealed to me, and everyone who I spoke to before joining was welcoming and approachable.”

Paul, from Loughborough, Leicestershire, said: “I was really keen to explore this new role, as it provided me with a chance to join a progressive company looking to establish itself in the market and with the ability to make a difference. Each day is different and very varied, some days are spent focused on land acquisitions and others on building relationships.”

Ryan, who lives in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, added: “I really like the direction Allison Homes is going in, and I want to be part of the journey.”

Currently, Aimée is working to acquire land and assisting Allison Group in establishing its newly launched Partnerships division. In a typical day, Aimée reviews new land opportunities, talks to key affordable and private rented sector (PRS) partners, agents and landowners, submits land offers, and works towards securing new development schemes.

Aimée commented: “I really enjoy how varied my role is and that no two days are the same. I especially enjoy being involved with and learning new skills from a variety of departments, and liaising with our partners to progress schemes.

“Everyone at Allison Homes has been incredibly welcoming and I am proud to work for a business that values its employees and ensures teamwork is a priority.”

Day-to-day, Paul’s responsibilities involve identifying and valuing land, getting involved with land bids and visiting potential sites. He is also establishing a sub-contractor base, which enables Allison Homes East Midlands to partner with like-minded companies who share the same values.

Paul said: “I am enjoying being an integral part of helping establish and grow the new region. It is clear that every member of the team has a part to play in our success, and I am pleased that my viewpoint and experience is valued and respected.

“Starting at Allison Homes has been a breath of fresh air. I was welcomed from the beginning by all staff and settled in immediately, and I’m looking forward to meeting more employees in due course.”

A typical work day for Ryan involves going out to potential sites that would be suitable for the Allison brand and working up layouts and technical reports to help form appraisals for bids, all of which draws on his past experience and expertise in architectural design, master planning and engineering.

Ryan said: “I really enjoy being part of a new region and being able input from the beginning of our journey. Allison Homes has been brilliant, everyone is helpful, friendly and they’ve really made me feel part of the Allison family. Even when I’m working remotely from Allison Group’s head office in Peterborough, I still feel part of the whole team.”

Karl Edwards, Operations Director for Allison Homes East Midlands, said: “We are delighted to welcome Aimée, Paul and Ryan to our team. They are all excellent additions, each bringing a wealth of expertise and specialist skills.

“It is a very exciting time for us at Allison Homes East Midlands as we look to establish our presence and reputation in the region, and secure land opportunities across Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. I cannot wait to see how Aimée, Paul and Ryan push the business forward into new avenues of success.”

Outside of work, Aimée is a motorsport marshal and in 2023 was a race marshal at the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone and the United States Grand Prix in Texas. She also volunteers as Deputy Stage Manager and stage crew at her local theatre in Hinckley.

Paul is a former coach for the Great British Police and Leicestershire Police basketball teams, and now focuses on supporting Leicester City Football Club, volunteering as a stage crew member for a local youth theatre group, and spending time with his wife and two children.

Ryan is an avid fan of football and travelling, and dedicates his time to his family, which consists of himself, his partner of 18 years, their two children and their golden retriever.

To find out about starting a career with us, go to https://allison-homes.co.uk/careers/.

Mortgage rates significantly lower at the start of 2024

The beginning of a new year has seen a significant downward movement from multiple mortgage lenders, who have reduced their rates to some of the lowest in several months.

This week, HSBC unveiled a new five-year fix deal which allows remortgaging customers to secure a rate of 3.94 per cent, whereas previously the lowest rate option was 4.79 per cent. For two-year fix deals, the cheapest rate has gone from 4.93 per cent to 4.49 per cent[1].

Likewise, First Direct has also announced a cut in rates. Their new options include a 10-year fixed mortgage at a rate of 3.99 per cent for people with a 40 per cent deposit, down from the previous rate of 4.97 per cent. The five-year option has also gone down from a rate of 4.64 per cent to 3.99 per cent[2].

More recently both Barclays and Santander have confirmed that they will reduce the residential fixed rates on some of their products by as much as 0.82 per cent.[3] Other cuts Santander has made includes a new a five-year fix at 3.89%.

Other lenders such as Leeds Building Society and Halifax have also reduced their prices, and those yet to announce their rates are expected to follow suite. According to Moneyfacts, the average rate across the country has fallen from 5.92 per cent to 5.87 per cent[4].

The reduction in rates along with a significant downturn in inflation is good news for property seekers, who now have much better options than they had in 2023.

Jason Blunden, Managing Director at Evolve Financial Solutions, said: “The way that inflation has come down should lead to multiple base rate cuts this year, hopefully leading to further fixed rate cuts. Already with SWAP rates reducing each week now, our customers are seeing that with lower and lower fixed rate options.”

For free mortgage advice, call Evolve on 01473 603 211 or visit https://www.evolvefs.com/.

To find out more about our available homes, visit https://allison-homes.co.uk/developments/.

[1] This is Money

[2] Yahoo Finance

[3] BBC News / Business

[4] BBC News / Business

Allison Homes East branches out with planting of historic tree sapling in Corby Glen

Our Allison Homes East team has planted a sapling of the historic Kett’s Oak tree at our Corby Glen development, The Orchards.

Kett’s Oak, also known as the Oak of Reformation, is a veteran tree located in Norfolk, known as one of the country’s most famous and protected trees. In 2002 it was designated as one of 50 great British trees.

The tree’s name derives from Kett’s Rebellion, a revolt led by Robert and William Kett in 1549, as the oak was used as their meeting place.

Now, the tree is in poor condition and restoration work is being carried out to help maintain the tree for as long as possible. Weak branches are being supported by wooden beams and, after a health investigation into the tree’s roots, a natural soil improver is being used.

We received the sapling from a member of the Corby Glen community, Mick Franklin, to be planted in open green space near one of the footpaths at The Orchards development.

To celebrate the occasion, Mick was invited to visit the site and plant the sapling himself, alongside Charlotte Barber, Sales Manager at Allison Homes East and Wayne Green, Site Manager.

Mick said: “This sapling was given to me by my brother-in-law, Nick Coleman MSc Arb of Treecare Consultants Ltd Norwich, who raised it from an acorn. He left me two plants which he thought we might find useful for planting somewhere in Corby Glen.

“Having spoken to the Parish Council it was decided to approach the firms involved in the significant housing development in the village, who have happily agreed to include the trees on their sites. The planting of this Kett’s Oak will form a welcoming link to the new village from the old, as what can be more welcoming than communal trees?”

Kelly Toms, Sales and Marketing Director at Allison Homes East, said: “We are delighted to have planted a Kett’s Oak sapling at The Orchards. As soon as Mick approached us with the opportunity, we knew it was something we had to get involved with and we’re honoured that such a historic tree will now be a part of our site.

“At Allison Homes East we are committed to encouraging nature to thrive at our developments. We are looking forward to watching the sapling grow and to having it become a staple of The Orchards.”

The Orchards is open Thursday to Monday, 10am to 5pm. To find out more the development and available homes, call 07485 395156 or visit https://allison-homes.co.uk/development/the-orchards/.