East Midlands

Easy access to London and the national motorway network ensures the economic prosperity of the East Midlands, UK. A dedicated airport also serves to connect this central region to Europe and the world, with key cities Leicester and Nottingham also providing financial stimulus and good value options for housing. The county of Derbyshire includes much of the Peak District National Park, while culinary highlights from this corner of England include Red Leicester and Stilton cheeses. Manufacturing industries form a significant chunk of the local economy, and Rolls Royce recently invested £90 million in a new test facility in Derby.

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Stanage Edge in Derbyshire, East Midlands

Where is East Midlands?

The East Midlands sits in the centre of England, stretching east to the Lincolnshire coast. Its western border is formed by South and West Derbyshire, Leicester and West Northamptonshire.

East Midlands counties

The counties of the East Midlands are as follows: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire (excluding North and North East Lincolnshire), Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland.

East Midlands cities

The four cities in the East Midlands are Derby, Leicester, Lincoln and Nottingham. Notable East Midlands towns include Boston, Loughborough, Chesterfield and Kettering.

Lincoln Cathedral in the snow, East Midlands

Derby

A town that played a crucial role in the Industrial Revoution, Derby is still a powerhouse of manufacturing and engineering. The traditional county town of Derbyshire, Derby is home to Rolls Royce – the world’s second-largest producer of aero-engines – as well as Toyota Manufacturing UK. The city has a population of around a quarter of a million people and has been settled since Roman times.

Leicester

Another key industrial centre for the region, Leicester is the county town of Leicestershire. Boasting three universities, a historic Old Town, the thriving St George’s Creative Quarter and a wide variety of diverse neighbourhoods around the city centre, Leicester is a popular option for families and young people living in the East Midlands.

Lincoln

Lincoln is the county town of Lincolnshire and had a population of just under 100,000 people in 2012. For more than 200 years, Lincoln Cathedral was the world’s tallest building, and remains a towering monument to the English Gothic architectural style. The city’s Norman Lincoln Castle is another of the area’s important architectural treasures.

Nottingham University in the East Midlands

Nottingham

Home of Robin Hood, Raleigh bikes and the National Ice Centre, Nottingham is also home to two main universities: Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent University. It was named a ‘City of Literature’ by UNESCO in 2015, honouring local luminaries such as D.H. Lawrence and Lord Byron, as well as the city’s thriving literary community.

East Midlands housing

Many people looking for East Midlands Housing are drawn to the region’s major metropolitan centres, or the peripheral towns that provide easy access to their amenities. Many first-time buyers and families in Nottingham are drawn to towns and areas like Beeston and West Bridgford due to their proximity to the city centre and strong local communities.

Popular areas the live in Leicester include Oadby, South Knighton, Syston and Glenfield, while areas in Derby such as Chellaston and Littleover are considered desirable. Property hunters considering a move to Lincoln may want to explore areas such as Waddington, Bassingham and Canwick.

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Love the design, disappointed with the poor finish and customer service communication, lack of empathy and service

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Review Date Nov 2021

There is a small range of shops locally which we like as we live in a village. The range of restaurants is very minimal, and not many available on deliveroo or uber eats. Parking is quite tight but hopefully this will improve once the development is complete as we cannot park on the road as it is unfinished and constantly has construction vehicles up and down it. This is the only noise we can hear from our house.

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We are happy with the design and space we have in our new home. We are not satisfied with the after care service and the huge number of snags and errors. We have had lots of wasted days waiting in for contractors who have not shown up and no one has bothered to let us know. The communication is shocking and we have been told that Avant charge contractors for no shows so why do we not see any of this money in ways of compensation? We have been in the house over 6 months now and are still waiting for work to be completed, such as the cracked render that was like it before we moved in. We were told by the electrician who came to move a light switch that was placed behind the door that his priority is getting the first fixes done on the new houses, they are rushing these even more than ours. We have had about 15 internal doors ordered and each time they are damaged so then have to order more.

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I wish I had known that our house wouldn’t be up to the same standard as the show homes and that we would be still waiting for dates for snags 6 months on.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

It is clear that finishing as many houses as quickly as possible is the priority, not those who have moved into the rushed poorly finished ones. The are not empathetic about the wasted days and how infuriating it is when no one bothers to let you know they aren’t turning up due to another poor excuse. The site team also told me that what the sales team sell us and what they can achieve are two different things, which says it all!

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Happy living here

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Review Date Nov 2021

The local area is fantastic with a great range of shops, pubs and restaurants in the village and in the surrounding areas with bigger towns not too far away. On the edge of the village so straight into the countryside but the village is also lovely to walk around.

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Design of houses – fine but they seem less ‘designed’ than on other developments.
Garden – mine (and others) not finished to standard but the developer has sorted this thankfully.
Parking is adequate for me but a fair bit of on street parking makes the road look messy but I think this is common on new estates unfortunately.
Developer is quick to respond to any issues with the property.

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Nothing really. Very happy here.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

House issues – responded quickly
Garden issues dragged on a bit but that was due to third-party companies being involved

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Value for money

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Review Date Nov 2021

It is a very private, quiet and secure neighbourhood.
We however need a shopping area nearby.

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The design facilities and building management is superb, next to none.
I am impressed at the level of professionalism I enjoyed when I had contact with the building and property management. I would recommend Barrat homes anyday.

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none

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Yes and they did so speedily. Response and action took place in less than 48 hours and the issue raised was resolved in no time.

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Good quality and good place

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Review Date Nov 2021

Very good area

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Very happy and very good quality delivery in time , I am very happy with the property and management , very nice area and quaiet, is perfect for the families with kids perfect design all the facilities .
I have already 3 years when I move in and I m very happy

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Very good and quick

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Very quick help when I need sorted out all the problems

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