A nightmare that began with the purchase of a brand new home from Charles Church (part of the Persimmon Group, which includes Persimmon Homes, Westbury Partnership). The experience Charles Church gave us has been one we regret every day, we wish we had never seen the house, let alone bought it. Years on, we’re still unable to sell it – they avoid fixing it.


RESIDENTS of a new Barratt estate claim the house-builder has gone against planning approval for their homes to save cash.

Paula Walter and John Davies (above), backed by other residents of The Haven, claim Barratt Homes promoted 37 top-of-the-range Selsdon properties for sale after being granted planning permission for the house type but actually built bottom-of-the-range Sutton homes.


Persimmon Homes Fined for Polluting Stream

August 18, 2009

Persimmon Homes and two other smaller developers Allison Homes and Stamford Homes have been fined for polluting a stream in Deeping St Nicholas stream with raw sewage.  The companies were fined £8000 at Grantham Magistrates’ Court last week and were ordered to pay costs.

Read the full article →

New Homes Too Small

August 12, 2009

Barratt Homes leads the way with the smallest home in the UK – ‘Manhattan pods’ in Harlow  have only 34 metres square of space, and a living room measuring a mere 3 x 3.6 metres. CABE conducted the research with the owners of 2,500 private new homes, to explore views on the adequacy of internal […]

Read the full article →

Deliquent housebuilders fail again

July 20, 2009

The housebuilding industry has failed again to get its house in order. First, they failed to improve customer service as set out in the Barker Review, which led to OFT Market Study. Now the industry has failed to keep to the agreed deadline and the OFT will be recommending that the Government introduces legislation to […]

Read the full article →

Barratts Rondabout Blunder

July 14, 2009

The housebuilders struggle to build quality homes so please don’t let them meddle with the roads. Nice one Barratts Buckinghamshire County Council spokesman Si Khan said an inspector would be visiting the site to check guidelines had been met but added the junction was the responsibility of Barratts as part of the original planning application. […]

Read the full article →

New Build Prices Dropped 50%

July 13, 2009

According to Paul Farrow of the Telegraph new build house prices began to fall in 2006 and not 2007.   He give an example of a home in East Anglia that was valued at  £246,995 in April 2006 and is worth  £225,000 today.  A reasonable fall of 9pc according to the Nationwide House Price Index calculator.    […]

Read the full article →

Barratt Property 19% Drop

July 9, 2009

The Guardian has reported today that Barratt Homes have dropped the prices of their homes by 19% over the last year.  The outlook for the company does not look good and they have moved to cut costs by closing their final salary pension scheme.    According to the CEO, Mark Clare, site visitors are also down […]

Read the full article →

Redrow Homes Defect Woes

July 8, 2009

Since 2004 the residents of the Redrow Poets Wood housing development in Streetly have been fighting to get their new homes brought up to standard. Some of the homes have been knocked down and rebuilt but the problems persist. One resident of the estate, Veronica Fitzgerald, exchanged at the beginning of 2004 but had to […]

Read the full article →

Boris Makes Affordable London Homes Better Than Private Homes

July 8, 2009

It has always been the case that residents of affordable housing get a better quality of home as the snagging is addressed in the housing association’s contract with the build. Private buyers do not have this luxury and struggle for months and years to get their home finished to standard. Now Boris Johnson, the Major […]

Read the full article →
Real Time Analytics