South East England

South East England is the third-largest of the official regions of England by area, and has the highest population of all the regions. Stretching to the west as far as the Isle of Wight and Hampshire, right across to the tip of Kent and curling around London up to Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, the South East benefits from its close connection with the capital and the national transport network. It also offers residents close proximity to the continent and swift international connections via the Channel Tunnel, Gatwick and Heathrow on its border with Greater London.

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The coast of the Isle of Wight in South East England

Where is South East England?

South East England stretches from Kent – the south-easterly tip of the UK – and curls around London and up into Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. It stretches south west along the south coast as far as the Isle of Wight and Hampshire, including Portsmouth and Southampton.

South East England counties

Buckinghamshire

Home County Buckinghamshire shares a border with London to the south east, making it a prime commuter location for the capital with easy access to the rest of the UK. The Chiltern Hills attract many tourists to Buckinghamshire, while the Prime Minister’s retreat house at Chequers attracts a more select group of visitors to the county.

East Sussex

Well known for its beautiful white cliffs along the south coast and the verdant plains of the South Downs, East Sussex is also a county with a rich history. Herstmonceux, Pevensey and Lewes castles convey the strategic importance of this strip of land along the south coast – also the location of the Battle of Hastings.

The port town of Dover, South East England

Hampshire

Hampshire, along with the Isle of Wight and the unitary authorities of Portsmouth and Southampton, make up the south-westerly tip of the South East of England. One of the wealthiest counties in the UK, Hampshire also boasts beautiful scenery in the form of the New Forest and South Downs National Parks.

Isle of Wight

Sitting just off the south coast opposite Southampton and Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight is England’s largest island. Perhaps best known as a ‘staycation’ destination for Brits and for its annual music and sailing festivals.

Kent

Known as ‘the garden of England’ for its abundant fruit and hop produce, Kent now lays claim to a highly diversified economy. Its easy connections to both London and the Continent make this county a relatively affluent area with plenty of attractive towns and the iconic White Cliffs of Dover.

Oxfordshire

Right on the western edge of the South East England region sits Oxfordshire. The city of Oxford is the county’s chief urban centre, with its world-famous university, publishing house and associated biotechnology industry. Also includes three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Chilterns, the Cotswolds and the North Wessex Downs.

The city of Oxford in the South East of England

Berkshire

A Home County and a Royal County thanks to the presence of Windsor Castle. Berskshire borders Greater London to the east, offering residents swift access to the capital, as well as beautiful stretches of countryside that include Windsor Great Park, Swinley Forest and the Berkshire Downs.

Surrey

Sitting below Greater London to the south west, Surrey is another prime commuter county. Train links into London are swift and regular, and parts of the county sit within the capital’s travel zones. Surrey has the most woodland of all English counties and is split in two by the chalk ridge that forms the North Downs.

West Sussex

Directly below Surrey and stretching down to the south coast lies West Sussex. Much of the county consists of protected green areas, offering residents and visitors a wealth of countryside areas for outdoor pursuits.

South East England cities

The cities of South East England are: Southampton, Portsmouth, Brighton and Hove, Reading and Oxford. Larger towns include Milton Keynes, Slough, Reading, Maidstone and Eastbourne.

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Crest Nicholson – never again. Avoid!

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Review Date May 2022

No facilities built yet; awaiting parks, shops, bins, some visitor parking spaces incomplete/missed/fenced off. After 6months have just got a road sign. Took many weeks before had door number. Made deliveries very hard to organise/recieve. Still awaiting street lights, temporary solar ones were put in place after a month or so. New plot plan not given to council or utilities, so they did not have our door number registered. Has been long winded manual process to register for garden bin, council tax, and other utilities. After 6months still don’t have gas/electric bill, because incorrect meter no. and door no. registered by Crest. Energy Ombudsman says not handling error, point of reg issue. So no compensation. So we suffer, for their mistake. Will get 6+ month bill in one go at some point, in current cost of living, very hard to allow for that.

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Some houses built in incorrect orientation. Roadworks/pavement signs don’t make sense i.e. 2 arrows pointing to different sides, construction lorries delivering into driving lane, blocking while main road. Often construction done blocking street/drive with no notice, no signs. Only find out when arrive in dead end in car/go to leave in car and can’t. H&S fencing often not out back around building sites in evening. Houses or rubbish areas, left open to access, hazard to children/teenagers. Lampost was put directly Infront, within touching distance of neighbours main bay window. We pointed out incorrect location to plan which showed it on corner, that every other one in corner of plots, that it was clearly in way, non-sensical, and directly opposite our window too. Was finally relocated, but only after owner then pushed for it to move too.

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Check house a week before move in. All should be finished and checked. Ask to see check / sign off list from site manager. Check they done their own any check. Check floor stuck down, left 24hrs to dry, then selaant added. Check paint, and sealant dry 24hra before you move in. Check Driveway etc built with drainage in design. Check plot number & design correct on plan in legal paperwork. If it’s changed, then ensure developer then re-notifies all those authorities it sent original plan/plot numbers to. Ensure developer registers you’re correct elec/gas/solar meter numbers to your address.

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I really don’t know. The experience with Crest has left me sour/numb about whole thing, so I have no positive feelings about house yet still. It’s still un-finished, 6months later. The point of buying new build was to avoid disruption of fixing/building works in an existing house, to avoid disruption and upset to our children who have additional needs. And we have had 6months of on and off trades in and out. Caused a lot of unrest in first few months when moved in, we wanted to avoid, and moving house was change enough for kids.

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Stylish New Build Estate

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Review Date May 2022

Good
Very close to the A40 meaning quick access to the main route.
The nearest shop is the petrol station or the housing estate on the other side of the road. The town of Witney is brilliant, it’s very modern with lots of independent shops and free parking in the centre. It’s known for great bars and great food.
Parking is great and I love the design of the estate, plenty of space on the pavement and wide roads so there are no issues when visitors park outside homes.
Bad
Nearest post box is quite a walk away as is the nearest bus stop.
There are some issues with fast cars and loud music across on the social housing side of the development but we are a good distance away so it is not a daily issue.

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The design is unique and eye catching. It’s Morden and has character as opposed to a lot of new estates which are very standard Lego looking houses. This estate reminds me of something you would find in America with plenty of space and wide pavements and roads.
The management here hasn’t been great and the company have gone through a lot of managers however it seems they have finally found a good one. The after care could definitely be improved but the important thing is that the main parts of the house were all ready to go when we moved in and the major things like water, structure, cooking facilities have been great since day 1 with no issues.
The landscaping seemed to be an afterthought and could do with being reassessed given the high quality of the house itself. The soil used seemed to be the worst they could find and the whole process of sorting that has really taken away from the whole ‘ready to move in’ aspect. It was quite literally a pile of soil and weed which we couldn’t actually fix for 10 months due to their work on the house behind which caused considerable stress. If this had been thought through they could have laid turf to allow is to progress the garden.

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Definitely agreeing a plan for the garden would have saved lots of time and stress.

What is the best feature of your home:

I absolutely love the bifold doors and spacious kitchen, south facing which is fantastic as we spend most of the time in the kitchen.

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Awful

Review Date May 2022

When we moved we were told there would be a district village centre with shops bars restaurants and a new doctors – three years on nothing and at least another two to wait ! There was never a plan for a doctors that was a lie. There is inadequate visitors spaces and the only traffic and anti social behaviour we experience is from Redrow themselves building three extra houses in a phase that was completed three years ago!

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House is lovely, could be bigger no storage and told you can’t use the attic as it invalidates your guarantee – not told this before you buy! No facilities within in the estate the only nice bit of grass has just had three houses crammed onto it – the whole estate is just house after house after house. Ridiculous fees have to be paid to a property management company who do nothing so beware these fees are also uncapped so they can charge what they like, dead grass dead plants weeds everywhere your fees also cover the whole of Arborfield which is unkempt and looks a mess ! Horrible developer horrible estate, nasty bullies wish we had never moved here. Houses are built onto pathways so you just have constant people traffic all day outside your home and they plant your gardens with grass which dogs use as their toilets – you are not allowed to put up any form of fencing to prevent this or alter the front of your property for five years. The pictures show oil patches left in the road outside our home from Redrow whose contractors park outside directly outside our home on a daily basis ruining our lives. It Sat morning and they started at 730am once again they are relentless.

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How awful their customer service is and lack of empathy and understanding this company take your money and throw you to the dogs

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

We get told tough deal with it you knew we were going to build another three houses yes but we did not consent to be treated in this manner and bullied on a daily basis

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Love this place

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Review Date May 2022

I absolutely love the building and the facilities. Gym and parking are great and close to all shops

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Great flat, gym facilities and parking
Concierge very helpful and very well decorated flat
Building close to all shops, restaurants and supermarket and helpfull people living in the building
Close to train station and bus stop
Cant complain, close to Thaemes

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Train ticket in Staines is pricey as outside Oyster zone

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

Yes, they are very quick responding issues and I feel safe living here

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