About Latimer

Part of Clarion Housing Group

Latimer is the home building arm of Clarion Housing, the UK’s largest provider of affordable housing. Latimer develops private homes in mixed-use developments and communities.

Number of Developments

11

Ratings

3.67 Rating

Rating (based on 75 reviews)

Excellent

26.67%

Very Good

42.67%

Average

21.33%

Disappointing

5.33%

Very Poor

4.00%

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90% positive review

It’s a bit of a pain trying to drive onto the estate while the road works/builders are still working on the only site access main road, another site access would have been easier.

A play park for the children would be much safer than kids playing near roads/building site.
I just would have preferred a play park closer for children I currently walk over to the Taylor wimpy estate as they have build a play park on that site.

I love the house styles and varation.
I have a 4 bed and love the prices of the homes as well as the ability to get a 4 bed shared home is very rare so we moved from Essex due to this.

I have a list of snags that still needs to be addressed since the day we moved in but I’m due to have our 1 year inspection next week to which I will address that with them again.

I’m overall 90% happy as a whole only reason I can’t give 100% is lack of play park for childen and building of roads that need 24/7 access having to que sometimes to leave/enter site.

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The area of the site location is good aswell as beautiful views at the back of the site.

I am able to walk to the local school so less driving.

I am based at a part of the road that is a dead end so there for I don’t get as much traffic thankfully.

A play park closer on the site for the children would be much safer than kids playing near roads/building site, or having to walk so far to play in a park.

There has been problems regarding bin collection due to the only site access having the roads built.

There is a carpark/parking space for most houses but small for some houses so cars have to park on road.

Local shops we have co-op which I have used which is fine.

I haven’t been able to use the public transport as of yet due to my only car use is to work in Bury st edmunds however I work unsociable hours.

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Tips to new neighbours would be: don’t listen to everything negative you hear as people literally complain about everything, walk around look at the area get a feel for the site as a whole.

If you have children then be prepared to walk far for a play park.

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

We have to report our “snags” or any issues threw clarion so unsure if our issues have even been raised with building management but at this current time nothing has been addressed.

4
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
5
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2
Management
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Fantastic location, stylish development, but pick your property carefully

The design of the site is excellent and it’s very welcome to have a small supermarket and gym on site too. The concierge team are excellent, on the whole. It’s a real shame that many of the development’s facilities are not accessible to Shared Ownership/rental properties (pool, spa, rooftop garden etc) and that the apartment spec for Clarion/Latimer homes is so much lower than that of the rest of the building. There is a definite feeling of being somewhat of a ‘second class citizen’ for these reasons.

The building and site is generally managed well by the estate team – clean, tidy, issues appear to be dealt with relatively promptly. The only exception to this is that the windows in Radley House have not been cleaned for over 6 months. Given that is one of the few benefits we actually see as part of our service charge, it’s hugely disappointing and very frustrating that the service charge has even gone up for this period.

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Battersea Park is beautiful, one of the best open spaces in London and a stone’s throw away. Plenty of local amenities nearby (food shops, dry cleaners, post office etc) with very good shopping and restaurants over the bridge in Chelsea. Bin collection is handled by the estate team.

Bus links and train stations here are very good and the addition of the Northern Line extension is fantastic. Driving is tricky as the roads are very congested in this area – also affecting the buses of course – and parking is extremely expensive on site. The proximity of the development to the railway into Victoria is a definite drawback for a second floor flat as it is level with the tracks – very noisy (when on balcony or with windows open) and lacking in privacy. Road noise is audible at times.

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

Determine if there are any other interested parties early on if you have a particular flat in mind. Ensure the sales team tell you EXACTLY what steps are required to secure the property as there are many hoops to jump through for Shared Ownership. Do not accept vague responses when asking about service charge / estimated bills / additional monthly/annual costs. They really add up and need to be factored in to your calculations if living in this property will be affordable.

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

As mentioned before, the windows in our building (Radley) have not been cleaned for over 6 months when they should be completed quarterly. We receive very few tangible benefits from the service charge and this one of the key aspects. No communication from the estate team until after I emailed, only to be told there is an ongoing issue and I’ll be updated soon. Nothing heard over a month later. Not resolved – absolutely filthy windows.

3
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
4
Value
3
Management
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Circus Street – Welcome Home

This is a new place, ready for the next decade. Updated, revitalised, and ready to fit in with the most progressive city in the UK. There’s a new and exciting place where people can gather to shop, experience and grow. This is an all-new food and nightlife district. In the mood for some local fast food? Market Diner has all the freshest produce sourced from East Sussex’s historic farms. Or if a handcrafted ale is more your thing, head on down to Brewdog for classic ales like a Punk IPA and a Hazy Jane. And then, of course, there’s Planet India, Brighton’s cult favourite Indian fusion landmark, featuring the finest vegetarian menu this town has to offer.

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There’s a certain quality, vibe, and energy that is The Courtyard, Circus Street. From the independent merchants and unique cafes to the rustic charm of a mixed-income crowd. Where else can you let loose your wild side while still being a part of helping the local economy? After a night out eating and shopping in The Lanes, just take a few steps and you’re home. With modern styling these flats are sleek, sexy, and oh so Circus Street. The state-of-the-art toilets are designed for men and women. The soon to be completed dance hall means you can have access to luxury refined while still just steps away from the action. These finely appointed residences all feature state-of-the art finishes and balconies with views of majestic Kaplan accommodation. It’s a place to laugh. It’s a place to gather. A place to mingle with people of all economic classes. And now, it’s a place to live.

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There was some initial confusion on what energy providers we were able to get set up with. This is because the address was not registered in the companies systems due to it being a new development.

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

The building management team have responded swiftly to all our noted defects and general concerns in a timely manner.

4
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
4
Value
3
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Pet friendly building but a less than perfect location

We moved into The Courtyard shortly after it was opened and were promised a lot of facilities that are yet to even start development. I would hope by the time any of the original tenants’ tenancies end, facilities like the Gym, social and office spaces will have opened, but it doesn’t reflect well on the building management how many delays there have been in construction, with no rent reduction offered for the missing facilities.

The building itself isn’t the nicest looking block of flats in the world, but it’s not exactly an eyesore, the flats themselves are nicely designed with a modern finish, however some of the fittings like door handles and the shower head seem to be rather cheaply installed and are likely to break.

The primary selling point of the Courtyard to me and many others was the pet friendly nature of the development. Most of your neighbors will be friendly dog owners. Trying to find a nice development in central Brighton that is pet friendly is very difficult.

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The Courtyard is located very centrally in Brighton, so you are within walking distance of almost anywhere and there are bus stops nearby that can take you to University if you’re a student, or Brighton station is nearby if you need to commute to London. However, the location of the courtyard is in a hotzone for drug users and homeless people. I personally don’t feel safe walking home late at night. It is not uncommon to be woken up by an ongoing domestic dispute from across the street.

You are also located right beside student halls, The Kaplan Building. We have personally had very few issues with the students, however, there have been complaints from those closer to the halls with noise complains in the early morning. Though the sound proofing of the windows and balconies is good. Though the building gets very warm so you will often need to keep these open.

The traffic noise is what you would expect from such a centrally located development. If you get a flat that is facing the main road you can expect it to be louder than if you get a flat at the back of the development. The location is also very close to a police dispatch center, so even with the sound proofed windows, you will hear police and ambulance sirens frequently throughout the day.

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For the most part, the building met our expectations. I wish we would have known that the facilities were going to be delayed indefinitely. And we were not prepared for the brazen drug use and anti social behavour that can be witnessed from our windows.

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

Problems can take some time to be resolved. We had to have our washing machine replaced the day we moved in and it took nearly a week for them to move a working washing machine from an unlet flat to ours. But for the most part things get resolved without fuss.

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Facilities
3
Design
3
Location
2
Value
3
Management
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