Charles Church: My Little House Horror


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...

Shoddy Barratt Homes


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...

Persimmon Homes Fined for Polluting Stream


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.

New Homes Too Small


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...

Deliquent housebuilders fail again


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...

Barratts Rondabout Blunder


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...

New Build Prices Dropped 50%


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...

Barratt Property 19% Drop


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,...

Redrow Homes Defect Woes


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...

Boris Makes Affordable London Homes Better Than Private Homes


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....