About Vistry Partnerships
Vistry Partnerships are a hybrid business fusing partner delivery programmes and mixed tenure housing delivery.
The development overall seems to have been well designed and the central green gives it a feeling of space and community. Once the play area is opened up it will be lovely for young children to play there. There are, however, no other facilities – not even a dog poo bin or post box actually on Bramble Park! There is a distinct lack of visitor parking spaces.
We are pleased with our house but, obviously being new, there were a few little issues wrong with it and, since the original site manager, Steve, suddenly left, it has been very difficult to get anything sorted. An issue we reported in October 2019 (well before the pandemic) is only going to be sorted this month. There seems to be a very high turnover of customer service staff and it is hard to know who to contact, although things seem to have improved a little since Craig arrived.
One of the main issues with the properties seem to be the gardens – hardly any top soil was put down before the grass (which was infested with leather jackets) was laid and people are having to spend a fortune to try to get their lawns into a good condition. Some people have considerable problems with flooding as no drainage was put in their gardens. Th faulty of the fencing supplied for our gardens was very poor, in our case we have had to have some of it repaired three times.
Also trees were planted on the central green and no-one ever came to water them – consequently many have died. There also seems to have been a problem with commissioning the street lighting – no-one knew where the cables had been laid and the land had to be dug up to find them. The central green has also been dug up to put cables in and just left looking dreadful – no-one seems to know when or if it will be returfed.
Jobs on the estate seem to be started and then just left – for example the final section of path leading to the village has been more or less completed and then just left with fencing around it so it cannot be used. There seems to be no desire to complete one job before going off somewhere else and starting something else.
As for property management – we are all paying Gateway for a non-existent play area; electricity for lighting that is not on; roads that are not swept and are very muddy amongst other things. All we ever see done by the management company is occasional grass cutting of communal areas, we are not sure what they are using our money for.
We love the local area. Since the path at the side of the development has opened up we can walk to the village in about ten minutes – there isn’t a great number of shops but enough for day to day needs; the Health Centre, community centre/library and Dentists are very convenient and it is lovely to have the Meadows in which to dog walk. It is also nice to be so close to the coast. So far it has been very quiet living where we do (opposite the green) although once the road is opened up there may be a little more traffic. At night it is exceptionally quiet, can hear a little traffic noise from (I presume) the A23 but mainly the only noise we hear is owls! However, there is a bit of a parking issue on the estate – I do not feel enough visitors’ car parking spaces were allowed for in the original plans. At the moment the building contractors are also parking all over the place, particularly on the main Iden Hurst – on bends etc. – which is very dangerous and often causes people to have to reverse when meeting other vehicles on corners. I feel the development needs some road signs warning people to drive slowly coming around the main entrance road as children are often playing there and I would hate there to be an accident. It is particularly dangerous at the entrance to the green, between number 47 and 60 Iden Hurst. Maybe there should be a 20 mile an hour limit?
The quality of the garden.
Although only a three bedroom house it is spacious and airy and we love the clips on the windows which allow them to be safely left open even when we are out. The heating and hot water system are very efficient.
The process of purchasing the house was quite smooth and there were plenty of options available to suit all preferences. Although we found very few major snags, it did take some times to get any issues resolved which I would put down to poor customer service once you have moved in. Furthermore, after moving in to the property I did notice some poor design aspects, with radiators placed in inconvenient positions, doors opening on to one another and a lack of using all the space available and poor storage. Although these wouldn’t necessarily change my opinion on purchasing a house on the development I do believe there is some room for improvement. The development itself is nice, time has been spent on the greenery within the development and I can confirm this is in fact maintained, something I doubted when first moving in. Most people tend to look after their homes, so the general look of the development is tidy and well looked after. In terms of facilities there are a few parks spread across the estate and a lovely large green at the front.
The development is based within the popular area of Wymondham which is nice, with the town centre being within walking distance. There are plenty of options in terms of supermarkets, places to eat out, takeaways, etc. depending on each persons preferences. The development itself is quite quiet with the occasional anti social behaviour like all areas. The parking down my street isn’t too bad most people have sufficient space on a driveway to park but I know it may be limited elsewhere on the development. It can sometimes be an issue if you have multiple guests as most houses do not accommodate for more than one car outside. Traffic noise can vary as the development is quite close to the A11 so will likely depend on where on the estate you are situated.
Although it’s not necessarily an issue, it would have been handy to know how close to the A11 road we would be and the noise during various times of the day. I would have also liked to have spent more time on our options as we know people who asked about things and got offered alternatives that were not presented to us.
The layout of the property is very good for entertaining guests given the open kitchen dining area and the usage of a glass door to the living room. The location is also great given the town is within walking distance.
a lovely new build block of housing assocation flats ,i am disabled ,unemployed back in 2018 i suffered an infarct stroke,i have limited walking abilities ,seriously obese now through the lack of physicallity i have real trouble with stairs and trying to walk up hills but Pipistrelle road looks steep but surprising level,the flat it self is a one bedroom modern built one size??? no idea?kitchen and living room all in one,nice sized bathroom with bath and attached shower and hallway and cupboard for internet fibre broadband.the internet companies are limited to 6 expensive providers thou,bit of a captive audience on price ,theres no Virgin,Talk Talk,Sky,or the like in THIS AREA YET,just 6 providers ive never heard of before,i picked VFAST as my brother in law recommed me if im general pc browsing and watching video streams go for a bit faster than standard internet.so i did but its £29 a month,it would be nice eventually to have some more choices in picking a future provider some of the above i mentioned earlier as u see the prices tumble in their special offers but yours is stagnant.also the only two other gripes i have there is no play park for the local kids who play out in the road so u have to be aware with two sets of eyes wen driving in and out of your drive way cos they kids dont bother looking.the other gripe is there is no community garden to sit on a park bench and watch the world go by.apart from those gripes i love living here and trying my best to be independant and try and enjoy what little time left i have on gods green earth
just under 1 mile away u have asda supermarket and newton abbot town centre,also dyrons leisure centre ,at least 3 schools near there to my knowledge!,i live in a ground floor flat just off the serotine road,called pipistrelle road,which has the main road leading to trago mills,stover golf course and the south bound A38 to Plymouth.over the road from my living room window there is the slip road that takes u to teigngrace which u have the local nature reserve,the river Teign,a level crossing still there from wen granite was mined up on Dartmoor back many moons ago?? and the road leads to my hometown of Kingsteignton (once the Largest village in the UK aparently,before they turned it into a town or so i once red in a study??)
a bigger postbox inside the building would of been a better idea,not put outside
HOUSES NICELY DESIGNED , RANGING FROM SOCIAL HOUSING TO 5 BEDROOM DETACHED. IN MY VIEW AS A DRIVER POOR DESIGN IN THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY IN AND OUT OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND IT IS NOT A PARTICULARLY WIDE ROAD (TWO CARS WIDTH)
STILL A DEVELOPMENT WITH MORE HOUSES BEING BUILT , BUT MAINTENANCE OF COMMUNAL AREAS OK , ALTHOUGH QUALITY OF GRASS VERGES / GARDENS LEAVES A LOT TO BE DESIRED DUE TO TURF LAID ON CONCRETE AT THE BOUNDARIES WHICH DIES OFF DUE TO LACK OF SPACE TO GROW.
PERSONAL EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN DISAPPOINTING IN TERMS OF DELAYS IN COMPLETING THE PROPERTY RESULTING IN HAVING TO LIVE IN A HOTEL FOR 2/3 WEEKS TO ENABLE DAUGHTERS TO ATTEND NEW YEAR AT NEW SCHOOL , FAILURE TO CORRECT SNAGGING ISSUES AND DENIAL OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR WATER LEAKS – BOILER OUTLET ALLOWS RAIN WATER TO ENTER AND LEAK DOWN WALL BUT ACCORDING TO BOVIS THEY ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS AS IN THEIR OPINION THE BOILER HAS BEEN CORRECTLY INSTALLED – CUSTOMER CARE / TAKING RESPONSIBILITY IS NON EXISTENT AND THIS FOLLOWS ON FROM THE DISCOVERY OF A GAS LEAK UNDER THE PAVEMENT OUTSIDE OUR PROPERTY WHICH WAS ATTENDED BY EMERGENCY SERVICES WHO ADVISED THAT THE PIPE WHEN INSTALLED WAS LEAKING AND HAD BEEN WRAPPED IN CLOTH AND BURIED IN THE HOPE THAT THE LEAK WOULD STOP – THE EVENTUAL ESCAPE OF GAS WAS QUITE CONSIDERABLE AND COULD HAVE BEEN VERY DANGEROUS LEADING TO A POTENTIAL EXPLOSION – UNFORTUNATELY SIMPLY IGNORED BY BOVIS JUST AS MANY OTHER ISSUES RAISED!
IT TOOK US 3 YEARS TO GET BOVIS TO SECURE FENCING POSTS IN REAR GARDEN WHICH HAD NOT BEEN PROPERLY PUT IN DEEP ENOUGH IN THE FIRST PLACE AND THE REMEDIAL WORK WAS UNDERTAKEN WITHOUT REPLACING ANY DAMAGED FENCING OR THE BROKEN POST WHICH AROSE DUE TO BOVIS TAKING AN INTOLERABLE PERIOD TO UNDERTAKE THE REPAIRS LEADING TO MORE DAMAGE AND THE CONTRACTORS WERE INSTRUCTED NOT TO REPLACE ANY FENCING BY THE AREA MANAGER – THE SAME PERSON WHO ADVISED THAT WATER ENTERING VIA THE BOILER OUTLET WAS NOT THEIR RESPONSIBILITY !
WE DID NOT EXPECT PERFECTION BUT DID EXPECT TO HAVE ANY DEFECTS IDENTIFIED PUT RIGHT FIRST TIME WITHOUT QUESTIONS OF COST TO BOVIS WHICH UNFORTUNATELY HAS NOT BEEN THE CASE AND MORE OFTEN THAN NOT THEY HAVE TRIED TO DENY RESPONSIBILITY OR BLAME OTHERS TO AVOID THEIR LIABILITY.
WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF HAILSHAM TOWN CENTRE INCLUDING TESCOS, WAITROSE , ASDA AND MANY MORE AND A BUS RIDE OF EASTBOURNE / BRIGHTON.
DEVELOPMENT IS QUIET , BUT WITHOUT STREET LIGHTING AND BINS ARE COLLECTED FORTNIGHTLY. TRAFFIC BUSIER MORNINGS AND AFTERNOONS , SHORT WALK TO BUS STOPS WITH LOCAL SCHOOLS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE AS ARE DOCTORS SURGERIES AND LOCAL C0-0P.
LACK OF CUSTOMER CARE / SERVICE
DENIED RESPONSIBILITY / BLAMED CIRCUMSTANCES SUCH AS PROBLEMS WITH FENCING BLAMED ON WEATHER RATHER THAN ENSURE PRODUCT WAS FIT FOR PURPOSE / CONTRACTORS RESTRICTED BY BOVIS NOT WISHING TO INCUR COSTS OF PUTTING THINGS RIGHT! / BOILER LEAK – NOBODY ELSE HAS HAD THIS PROBLEM !