North East England

North East England is a region of contrasts. Wild, rugged landscapes dominate the north of this corner of England, while the south is more widely populated, with major cities and arable land. In the north of the region, Northumberland sits on the border with Scotland. It’s the least populated ceremonial county in England and has a culture closer to the Scottish Lowlands than England. To the south, the local identity is shaped by the cities: Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham and Sunderland, along with key towns such as Middlesbrough, Gateshead and Darlington.

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Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland, in the North East of England

Where is North East England?

North East England is the northernmost region in the country, stretching up above Yorkshire and the Humber right up to the border of Scotland. The cities of Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland and Durham lie towards the south of this region.

North East England counties

Northumberland

The northernmost county in England, Northumberland stretches high up the Northumberland coast, past Holy Island and Lindisfarne to the Scottish border. Wild and largely unpopulated, Northumberland has been the site of many historic battles and boasts more castles than any other county in England.

The Angel of the North sculpture in the North East of England

Tyne and Wear

The metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear gains its name from being situated at the mouths of the Tyne and Wear rivers. Most of the population of North East England lives within this small county, whose major landmarks include the Angel of the North sculpture and the Tyne Bridge.

County Durham

The city of Durham is this county’s main town, although the largest urban area in the county is Darlington. Much of the North Penines can be found within this county, with Hamsterly Forest also providing residents with a popular recreational area.

North Yorkshire (in part)

Part of North Yorkshire falls within the North East England region. These local authority areas are Stockton-on-Tees, Redcar and Cleveland, and Middlesborough.

Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England

North East England cities

The three cities in North East England are Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham and Sunderland. Key towns include Gateshead, Middlesborough, Darlington and Hartlepool.

Reviews in North East England

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Avoid at all costs!

Review Date Aug 2022

Blyth is a long dead town, with issues that were conveniently hidden from new buyers during the pandemic. Antisocial behaviour is rife, much of it related to problems with drugs and alcohol. The main road that feeds into the estate (Cowpen Road) is listed as one of the most deprived areas in the North East, with the surrounding estates full of council houses that look as though they should have been condemned long ago! There are shops on the doorstep, however the staff all appear to be typical Blyth residents (i.e. not very intelligent, and incredibly ignorant to boot). The transport links are fine, if you want to take an hour or more to reach the City centre and the like, with a tour of the worst parts of the area thrown in! The spine road in this area is lethal, with accidents and fatalities reported on an almost weekly basis! There are some bars and places to eat, but a visit to the Waterloo is like taking your life in your hands, and that’s during the week! I despise this place and everyone in it, and cannot wait to be able to sell my home and move somewhere, anywhere (!) with even a shred more civility than this place. You may get more house for your money in Blyth, but there’s a reason for that . . .

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The development remains incomplete despite many residents having been here for several years. It takes an age for Gleeson to respond, much less take action, and the company that have been ‘finishing’ the roads are weeks, if not months behind. Gleeson are however quick to complain to residents when they feel their gardens are not being upkept, however what they fail to realise (or acknowledge) is that they and their contractors are the ones that create the mess/damage in most cases! Parking is just about non-existent, and if you’re looking for a path to walk on, some streets are to be avoided because there is none! The layout is a total mess, with some houses set further forward/back than others, zero symmetry, and wonky lines as far as the eye can see. The ‘fencing’ Gleeson install (if you’re lucky!) is such poor quality that you can clearly see right into many gardens, meaning little to no privacy. The gravel that has been used for drives and gardens ends up all over the estate, making it look even more of a mess. The gardens may as well be left bare, as numerous residents have had issues with water drainage (surprise, there was none!), bricks/debris left behind and grassed over, and general overall quality. Many of the gardens are dead or dying as a result. You can of course contact Gleeson for any issues, but you may as well write them on a piece of paper and set fire to it for all the good it does. You either get turned away, a bodge job repair, or told that it’s your responsibility and that’s that. Gleeson DO NOT CARE once a sale has been made, that much is clear

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Do your research on Blyth. Luckily this estate is on the outskirts, but this area is so deprived it definitely shows. There is constant talk of new jobs, new transport links, regeneration of the town centre, but it will take YEARS for the town to catch up

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

As stated in other responses (and comments by others) if you have an issue here, you’re pretty much on your own. Gleeson will either deny it exists, bodge job to fix it, or just tell you it’s your responsibility. They had around 7 different site managers in 18 months, if that tells you anything!

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Budget homes worth for the money

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Review Date Aug 2022

Most of the shops, restaurant, bars are just few mins away. Buses are frequently there and it takes hardly 10-15 mins to reach the town centre.

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It’s a budget home and worth for the money. Few drawbacks are on suit has just the shower curtain and would have put the glass door. And wash basin has no mixer tap and hot and cold water separate taps which is causing more water bills

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We put the fencing through the builder and it was quite expensive. Didn’t know that it would be cheaper if we have approached someone from outside

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

Most of the issues were fixed. Some of them aren’t

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We have had no issues with our property

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Review Date Aug 2022

The location of our home is very near to shops and takeaways which is handy. We also aren’t far from the A19 which makes commuting easy. There are also many schools in the area, which will be of use soon when our little one starts primary school.

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We have had no issues with our property so haven’t had to report anything to building or property management. If I had to be picky, the walls are extremely thin so you can hear alot of noise from outside, but I suppose all new builds are like this now.

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None

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

We haven’t had any issues that we have had to report.

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Nice estate but requires more property maintenance

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Review Date Aug 2022

Very convenient for the A189 and commuting to work. Close enough to the town centre and very close to hospital. Traffic noise can be an issue from local youths on bikes. And grass not maintained at front of houses on main road by a different developer.

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The design of the estate is good, there are a variety of house designs and a good community feel. Facilities are lacking as no bins or grass and not yet finished the paths throughout the estate. Weeds are a problem with some neighbours not maintaining their property which doesn’t give good curb appeal. As well as a neighbouring housing developer not taking ownership and maintaining the land they own giving some houses an unpleasant outlook.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

That the strip of land in front of my house was owned by persimmon and that houses would be built on the field adjacent to my drive.

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

Yes they did however it took some time for some responses.

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