About Gleeson Homes Ltd

Gleeson Homes is a residential development company based in South Yorkshire. Founded in 1903, the company specialises in building low cost homes across the North of England. Gleeson Homes’ mission statement is to “change lives by building affordable, quality homes” and currently have over 70 developments across the UK.

Number of Developments

24

Ratings

3.63 Rating

Rating (based on 288 reviews)

Excellent

17.36%

Very Good

40.28%

Average

30.21%

Disappointing

6.25%

Very Poor

5.90%

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Quality Control missing?

The design of the houses is good in itself, the execution is not so good IMHO. I would say that the builders need to completely review the way that the buildings are designed and built and executed, otherwise they will no longer be builders much longer. For example they use a cunning modern method of underfloor insulation but this is not actually executed properly, resulting in bad thermal bridges [at the door openings for example]. What’s more this insulation (which supports the Slab concrete) is also broken by a number of vertical walls to support the roof – another Thermal Bridging area.
No facilities were included on the site, being a small site. Unless you include drives and garages for each house. The latter are a minor problem because the garage is not used for the car and therefore most people park on the street, as available.
It became obvious to me that (for my house anyway) Quality Control was not present. So I did expect that the on-site inspection before final handover would spot these things but this was not so, apart from minor matters. I paid for a professional Snagger, who provided an excellent report; he said that the NHBC inspector had missed so many snags which in normal circumstances would have disallowed the Certificate. The management did their very best to ignore this snagging report (as with all the rest of it) but many months later did come round to some of it.
Readers may be interested to know that when I completes the purchase I was handed an EPC certificate, of course. Later inspection showed me that it was not for my house (the area was too small). So I was in course provided with the correct EPC but I wonder about this certificate, quite a lot.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

This are of Sheffield is very well served by public transport, besides which the centre is easily walkable for most people. There are parks and mini parks all over the place, which is excellent. All necessary facilities are therefore available. Now that we are back to normal after Covid19 traffic is also back to normal: this is not paricularly heavy but it is noisy – dependant on wind direction.
Many people park on the street, which is a problem for eveyone. However soon enough people will catch on to the fact that petrol will become more expensive and private cars will become less acceptable (I hope).

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

High volume builders will spend a lot of time and effort in persuading you that you don’t know what you are talking about, everything’s fine and your house is exactly as it should be! This may not be true.

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

Starting with the Brexit thing where all the extraneous builders left the country, followed by the Covid19 disaster, all responses to problems have been severely delayed. However I did get the overwhelming impression that Management are not very aware of what goes on at the Cliff Face. More disturbingly they appear to live in a different place where buyers are very misinformed or ignorant and most importantly very wrong. Luckily for myself things appear to have improved a bit just lately and a new manager has been appointed to get things done [at last]. Some workers/contractors have been excellent – as many are – but in my experience a large number are not professional and are not to be trusted. On a site where Quality Control is assumed to be present when it is not, the question I often consider is “Should I forget the problems rather than risk having them Bodge it again?”

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Design is not the best as we ordered standard wardrobes for bedrooms and they wouldn’t go up the stairs due to the low ceiling justcas the stairs start. It came with a furniture pack and we had to choose designs and colours before roof was complete. I thought this was odd but now I know it was because of the access from the stairs.
The snagging list was quite long as there were still outstanding jobs to be completed, we had a leak under the sink which took six attempts to repair before it was finally done. Site manager wasn’t the easiest to approach as he thought some of the jobs weren’t worth the effort. Assistant manager was really nice and I approached him more often than not. Not a lot of storage space either. Estate itself is nice but roads are horrendous until plots are cometed. Smoke alarms had to be replaced as they were going off for no reason, heating system was buzzing until valves replaced, then heating was on even when it was switched off. Cooker wasn’t set correctly and this was due to it leaning against a pipe at the rear.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

It’s not a bad area, a decent.olished council plot with new houses. Still surrounded by social housing with one or two undesirable tennants

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

The community watch programme didn’t last long, we were able to alert neighbours of any suspicious activity but it was scrapped not long after we moved in. There are no emergency contact numbers for the weekend in case of emergencies.

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

Slowly very slowly, I felt once we were in all the attention turned to the houses still being built and snags were not a priority.

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Good value for money and nice community of neighbours but with a few niggles…

I think the design of the estate is really well thought out. The road layout and mixture of house styles, brick colours and roof tile colours help the estate to feel more established and like a “natural” community. I like how every house has a front garden space and how the drives go down the side of the house – other developers would cram as many buildings as they can into the land but I feel that our estate is very generous with space. I also like that there is a large green space on the estate and plans for another – again the introduction of these makes the estate feel like a much welcoming place and enhances the community feel. I know that lots of people have been unhappy with snags/issues when they moved in to their home. I was lucky that most of mine were minor however I know this has caused problems for others who can’t move in, yet have their keys as their snags have not been resolved. I’ve heard that there is a new team managing these issues now so I hope that the service and speed these are resolved is improved. I also feel Gleeson could aid more with security – when I moved in I had the panels stolen from my fence! This is a reoccurring issue with all new plot holders and gleeson still install them in the same way each time rather than screwing them in which makes no sense to me at all? Other homeowners on the estate have seen individuals entering the building site and stealing regularly. No one deals with this issue and it’s got to the point where the individuals don’t even make an attempt to be quiet!

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The development is located in a really good spot for anyone who wishes to commute to both Leeds and Bradford. When I reserved my house I worked in Rochdale and chose this location as it is within easy access of the motorways. I now work on the outskirts of Leeds City Centre and can still commute easily within around 30 minutes. Unfortunately there are not many restaurants or shops within walking distance of the development but there are plenty that are only a short drive away. I don’t have any issues with parking on my road – mainly as I have a large drive that has space for up to 3 cars. We have had a few missed bin collections but the local Councillor is always a short message away and really helpful chasing this up. We have had some instances of anti social behaviour from teenagers – usually from the council estate across the road. I’ve been in contact with the police to report this and have encouraged others to do the same – we haven’t had any incidents for a number of months now. Another problem that seems the reoccur is that of horses on the estate. It’s really difficult to pin down someone who can help – its not a police priority, the owner appears to not care and its difficult to get Gleeson to take any responsibility either. Although not the horses intent, they do cause a lot of damage to people’s gardens and plants. Generally I would say traffic noise is minimal although we do get antisocial quads, bikes and cars racing up the main road outside the development quite regularly. I’ve heard that traffic calming measures and due to be put on this road so hopefully that will help stop this.

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

Prioritise security – get a ring doorbell, secure your garden etc. Make friends with your neighbours. Get your garden sorted as soon as you can – even if it’s just turf as the weeds are ten times more difficult to deal with at a later date. Gleeson houses lack built in storage so consider clever furniture options. You get what you pay for – gleeson houses are excellent value for money but they are also basic. Consider extra costs you may not have thought about for things that aren’t included as standard.

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

Yes, but some took longer to resolve than hoped. It was a month before I could move in as the floor screed had not been laid properly and needed chiselling up, clearing and re-laying + drying time.

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My experience living in Carwood Park

Well Carwood Park where do we begin mmm, houses, good solid structure although rushed through so not perfection, but price considered quite reasonable.
Nothing to touch our three bed detached Kilkenny elsewhere for this price, only old cold semi detached properties really erm, no thank you.
However to balance things out the entrance to the development is not very pretty, initially you are greeted by a scrap yard, then an old bridge and finally a privately owned towing caravan that I presume has been there for many many years, and the land it sits on is also owned by the caravan occupant too.
So when coming back and forth in my partners car I try and close my eyes most of the time.
In total contrast our neighbours are perfect friendly, and extremely helpful in every way taking parcels in as well always offering a friendly chat when you are available of course.
I would like to also say personally I believe this development is more suitable for car owners if totally honest, as I myself do not drive, and would really struggle if it was not for my partner who thankfully is.
There is currently no local shop for essentials such as milk and bread etc, so my partner often has to drive for these supplies, so I am hoping this changes in the near future possibly when the development is complete maybe?
Anyway, new potential buyers if you want a good solid affordable house, with excellent neighbours and fun walks you cannot go far wrong buying property on this delightful, very large development.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Have currently lived in this development two and a half years, but very disappointed there is still NO sign of a local convenience store selling essential produce, especially considering it being such an extremely large owner occupancy housing estate.
However, on a positive note there are some excellent green spaces, a lovely walk to Pudsey, myself and my partner have enjoyed.
a fishing pond perfect for when my son comes visiting, and also a great wood for possible picnics plus dog walks also.

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

I wish prior to moving in that we would have known that the entrance to the development would have been left, with no seating or planters instead just a visible scrap yard, and a visible privately owned caravan adjacent to the development, not really providing an attractive outlook for residents or visitors alike!

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

Received a swift response after moving into the property as most faults were rectified, apart from a bath seal that had to be removed a few weeks after completing.

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