We are delighted to have exchanged on Hobbs Cross Farm, Theydon Garnon, in Epping Forest.
 
The 2.2-hectare site comprises commercial land with existing buildings, and the proposal intends to work with the tenants to update the yards and services available to them.
 
The site is easily accessible with both the M25 and M11 close by.

A timelapse over the last year of the build at Beresford Avenue, overlooking the Grand Union Canal in Alperton. A mixed use scheme which will provide commercial space, along with 100 new homes, in partnership with The Guinness Partnership.

Completion is anticipated for summer 2024. All available commercial units are situated at ground floor level and either front onto Beresford Avenue itself or the Grand Union Canal.

Stonebridge Park Station (Overground) is roughly fifteen minutes’ walk to the East, Alperton Station (Piccadilly Line) is around 12 minutes’ walk to the west and the North Circular (A406) is 5 minutes to the south.

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We are delighted to report that Reigate and Banstead Borough Council have unanimously granted planning consent for our proposed mixed-use redevelopment at Station Road, Horley.
 
The proposed redevelopment consists of 10 new homes and 36,000sqft of employment generating uses, including a mix of light industrial space, offices, and retail.
 
The scheme will make more efficient use of the currently vacant Mitchells of Horley site. The redevelopment also seeks to protect and enhance the adjacent former brewery building and bring it back to life.

Energy use and building performance have been a key factor within the proposal, which is based on a ‘fabric first’ approach. Passive design measures involve maximising the insulation and air tightness that make up the building fabric. Further considerations to reduce the total carbon emission of the building include, space and water heating, provided by highly efficient air source heat pumps.

Woolbro Homes is very pleased to announce that we have completed our purchase of Venn House in Great Dunmow. The site will now be built out for 12 much-needed new private homes comprising three, four and five bed houses with associated parking and amenity space.

Planning was granted at appeal earlier this year, when the Planning Inspectorate overturned Uttlesford District Council’s decision to reject Venn House.

The site is located within the historic market town of Great Dunmow within close walking distance to high street shops, services and facilities.

Ben Woolman, spoke with BBC News’ Home Editor Mark Easton about the sheer enormity of the challenge the new prime minister faces when it comes to sorting Britain’s housing crisis.

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With interest rates at their highest point in 15 years, the pressure is on for homeowners, potential buyers and developers alike.

Ben Woolman, Director at Woolbro Group, spoke with several publications last week, including Property NotifyShowhouse and Mortgage Solutions, regarding the effects of interest rate rises on the UK housing market.

He said: “The naive idea that homeowners would simply ‘adjust’ to higher interest rates is now dead in the water.

Mortgagers are instead having to come to terms with the life-changing consequences of this latest rate rise which, for many, will be devastating.
But make no mistake, today’s turmoil has been in the making for many years.
In lieu of building the new homes Britain so desperately needs, the government has instead pandered to ‘Nimbys’ and those who are all but completely opposed to any form of new development.

It is only now, in the run-up to a general election, that it has dawned on the Tories that the housing crisis they themselves have presided over could be their undoing.

If there was ever a time for the Prime Minister to publicly commit to reform of Britain’s outdated and ineffective planning system, it is now.

While this wouldn’t help struggling mortgagers in the short term, it would prevent local politicians from blocking new housing developments where they are needed most.

Planning reform is the only long-term solution to Britain’s housing crisis.
By bringing the supply of new homes in line with demand, we can eventually make homeownership a reality for those who today are completely priced out of the market.”

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Ben Woolman spoke with Letting Agent Today about the need for Keir Starmer to do more to boost housing supply.

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Ben Woolman, spoke with Express Newspapers re. Rightmove’s house price index for June, which revealed the average cost of a home coming to market hit its sixth consecutive record of £369,968.

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Ben Woolman spoke with The Express regarding economic uncertainty and the slight drop in house prices.

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Budget 2023 reaction: Housing sector ‘largely ignored’ by chancellor.
Ben Woolman spoke with several publications, including Property Week and Housing Today regarding the latest Budget and what it means for the housing sector.

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