About St Modwen Homes
St. Modwen Homes is a British-based property investment and development business specialising in the regeneration and remediation of brownfield land and urban environments.
We reserved our 4 bedroom detached house during the height of the first lockdown in 2020. Our current home was valued remotely and a sales manager from St modwen contacted us with a very reasonable offer to part exchange. This whole process went incredibly smoothly with communication from St Modwen and enabled us to move into our new home more quickly. Our house type is called Edwen, we would of preferred a larger master bedroom as an en suite was added but this has taken away space from the master bedroom, there is also no window in the ensuite and is quite small giving it a caravan feel. The 2nd bedroom is a decent size but the 3rd bedroom is again a bit smaller than we would of preferred. The front door which is very sturdy has only one glass panel above it whereas other house types have this and 2 extra panels down the side allowing for more natural daylight to stream into the hallway, one panel means the hallway is always quite dark and needs a light on to see clearly even in the day and particularly through the darker winter months.
Our house having stood empty during the first lockdown needed completely re plastering and re painting this was not done to a high standard which resulted in workmen having to return to fix this. In general, the finishing off such as painting and plastering was quite poor and could of been much better. Having lived in 2 other new builds we also have a lot more shrinkage here, all up the stairs and around window sills which we didn’t have in the other new builds it looks unsightly and is something we have to put right. Cornishing in all rooms would improve the general appearance too. However, whatever issues we have encountered your customer service team have always logged and resolved these.
Our estate is still currently being developed, although it has doubled in size since the 12 months we have lived here. We are are still awaiting for the roads and pavements to be resurfaced from their current temporary state in the completed streets around us. we expected this to be done sooner as this part of the build was finished some time ago. The road noise from the extremely busy A50 can be heard in the background, especially when widows are open in the summer or in the garden . In the winter when windows are closed this reduces greatly. I have considered contacting our local council as Draycott Road runs in front of the estate this is restricted to a 40 mph zone but cars and especially motor bikes ignore this and this is the traffic noise we hear the most at all times of the day and night, a speed camera along this stretch of road would surely help to reduce this.
We brought our 4 bedroomed house as our forever home, however the parking is very limited. We compromised on a driveway that was shared with a neighbour we would of preferred our own private driveway where we could of parked 2 cars side by side instead of one in front of the other, my husband works shifts so we have to swap cars around a lot. When my children have their own cars in a few years they will have to park on the street which is already very narrow and not possible to double park. This also occurs when neighbours have visitors. If a small overspill car park either for residents/visitors could be made available that would be greatly appreciated by all of the neighbourhood.
The bin collections are very regular and we’ve had no issues with this. I feel we live in a very family friendly community. As part of the development a park/recreation space is due to be completed next autumn this will give the children on the estate somewhere to play with wide open spaces. A 10 minute brisk walk takes you into Blythe Bridge village where there are local shops, barbers, schools.
I hope the above information gives an insight into Blythe Fields.
The painting and general standard of decor was poor, I hope since we have moved in this has improved for other buyers.
To have blinds fitted prior to moving in we waited 6 weeks for an outside company to fit these.
The ground manager Nathan has always been superb, helping and offering advice. He is an asset to St Modwen.
Me and my husband have bought a flat from St Modwen back in December 2020.
So it has been almost a year since us moving in.
Long story short, once you complete your post purchase review they are no longer interested. We still have a number of snags which await fixing since we moved in. No dates for it to be done.
Dozens of emails sent, either no reply or no action taken to actually organise it being fixed.
Basically, no customer service post purchase, they are not interested once they get your money and the review.
We’ve just received a second review request, we’re definitely going to put what we think in that one.
Snags outstanding: cracked tiles in the bathroom, bathroom fixtures misaligned when installed, tiling under the sink in the bathroom done unprofessionally with massive gaps between the sink and the wall, flat door lock misaligned hence it doesn’t lock properly, balcony window eaten out by some sort of acid that needs to be repainted (told it was dirt, however it doesn’t clean up, tried by multiple people) it needs to be repainted, leek from the pipes in the garage, leeks coming from walls (unknown where from, as even the developer apparently doesn’t have a clue). Underground garage gates never work, security doors for the block dies too often, meaning anyone can get inside, we had 5 bicycles stolen from bicycles store which is supposed to be secure within a couple of months from moving in, of course security door has not been working, as a new built I would have thought that it’s supposed to be in the top condition and not have everything breaking all the time.
And it seems like the more time we spend here the more faults we find.
The managing agents are appalling, charge outrageous amounts of money for unknown what, no requests for receipts met.
Near a town, with a good shopping facilities. Station 10mons walk.
45mins to central London.
NO PARKING AVAILABLE FOR VISITORS. Still don’t understand why?
People smoking weed and drinking alcohol in underground garage as gates never function as they should.
Post purchase customer service, which is non existent.
Daily charge for heating and hot water which is £1.00 a day. That’s £365 a year just for having heating and hot water plus your usage on top.
By not even bothering to reply.
After you buy and they get their money they are no longer interested.
A very modern and appealing development. We like the fact that some of the smaller semi-detached houses are paired next to a larger property – helping it look less like a row of “first homes”.
Love the design and layout of our property. A decent garden which is not very overlooked on our plot – some others are not as lucky as this.
A nice selection of extras were available free of charge when we purchased – including outdoor tap, turf, Nest thermostat and Ring doorbell.
We have had a number of snags – to be expected(?!) – most are being looked in to but the lead time from reporting to sorting IS very delayed in our experience. Still waiting for some shower door end caps which we reported on moving in day 10 months ago.
Fantastic location in relation to shops – 10 min walk to Blythe Bridge shops including Tesco Express, or if you’re driving it’s less than 5 mins to Meir Park Tesco, McDonalds, B&Q etc. Blythe Bridge train station nearby, but bare in mind trains from there are local services so you’d want to change at Derby/Stoke to a ‘proper’ train.
Only problem is the A50 is a concrete noise machine so, yes, you will hear it whilst at home. Relatively quiet and unproblematic when windows are closed but something to consider
Not all homes get soundproof trickle vents. We were led to believe they would, but ours does not. You can hear the A50 from the rear of the property rather loudly, although we quickly ‘tuned in’ to this and it doesn’t bother us – but it may put off guests from sleeping!
Hit and miss.
We have been in for 10 months and still waiting for some issues to be rectified which were reported on the day we moved in. Major snags for the most part have been taken care of, but you very much get the impression that issues are resolved as slowly as possible to minimise the amount of remedial work that St Modwen are obliged to give before the 2 year warranty expires.
With the rapid growth of the company you’d expect them to acknowledge they need more technicians on the books to remedy snags.
All in all I am not dissatisfied as many of our issues are being addressed, but some remain ignored with no response at all to suggest when or if they will be booked in.
Overall Bramshall Meadows is a good development, ideally situated for families, couples and commuters. Access to 3 cities whilst being on the fringes of a country village is a fantastic balance between practical and pretty.
Facilities wise, things could be improved somewhat. We don’t have any dog waste (or normal) waste bins around the development. The vast majority of residents are considerate and I have never noticed a waste or dog waste problem, outside of what the on site builders, or local cats, leave behind.
The play park has limited equipment and is not fenced off or gated at the front at all. This makes it a little worrisome for parents with younger children who cannot relax knowing their child cannot escape. Furthermore i’ve witnessed balls escape the park area and hit the cars of residents who live opposite the park. This should be considered as it’s not very fair to those residents.
What really lets the development down is the lack of maintenance. Any open, public space has gone to ruin due to weeds. Turf that was only laid within the last couple of months (around the park for example) has been swallowed by weeds. They have been allowed to populate and get so out of control that they have spread to neighbouring gardens, curbs and so on and this is the same story across the development. There are weeds absolutely everywhere and it’s a nightmare as a property owner to maintain. I weed the front garden twice a week and still it’s not enough. This is my biggest concern about the development as it’s a significant time and money sap for residents. It also makes the development look run down and neglected.
The local area is pretty good. There are major supermarkets, parks, entertainment facilities and more in very close proximity to the development. Within 20 minutes or so you have convenient access to Stafford, Stoke and Derby as well as the beautiful Peak district just a little further out. There’s something for everyone.
Parking is OK, (but not great) on the St Modwen’s parts of the development in particular. Mid sized homes don’t typically have enough or adequate parking and many cars end up parked on the street or over hanging their drives as they aren’t quite deep enough to double stack modern cars. This isn’t really a big issue but it is certainly something that could have been improved upon. Residents in the flats also either don’t have enough parking, or don’t always use their allocated spots as some part out on the road taking up more space.
Generally speaking it’s a fairly quiet development with the normal noises you’d expect from a housing development (kids playing, dogs barking etc) The development could be improved with a few basic things- dog waste bins for example.
Personally I am quite pleased there are no shops on site as from previous experience these just seem to attract anti-social behaviour as a development ages. Tesco express is just a few minutes away.
Relatively minor thing, but I wish i’d known that no door number would be provided so that we could have ordered one prior to moving in, ready to go up. No door number meant that our home was difficult for postmen, delivery drivers and visitors to find initially until we could get a door number delivered.
I also wish i’d known about the council tax banding. The council seem to be banding these properties much higher than you’d expect. Similar sized homes in the area are band C and occasionally band D. Ours has been rated a band E, at double the cost of our (larger) previous home. This need to be questioned not just by residents, but we need the backing of the developers as well as it would make me reluctant to purchase from the developer in future.
Emails I have sent have never been replied to unfortunately.