Nice development, great community


Many different house styles in the area and it is attractive. There are green spaces and walkways which is nice around the estate, feel like the layout has been thought through. However, there is a management service charge fee, £300 a year, which I don’t believe to be value for money, as the grassy areas are often neglected, paths sometimes closed and keep in poor state of repair. Many of the roads also have not been surfaced which is frustrating and has resulted in punctures!
Crest Nicholson, the developer, have been reasonable with their customer service. Snags are expected with newbuilds and there were some, including a leak from boiler through the ceiling, however, these were generally dealt with promptly and fixed.
More facilities would be welcome, the co-op was delayed (partially blamed on covid, however house construction did not seem to pause for very long) and the plans seem to have changed e.g. community hub close to my street from original plans of area no longer seem to be happening.
There is a community hub and facebook group where people organise community events, particularly eg. around Easter, Christmas which is nice and everyone is friendly – a nice community spirit

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

The estate is new and so whilst current there aren’t many facilities, I understand there are more upcoming, with co-op and nursery currently being built (the shop was delayed, which is a disappointment, but will be good once open). There is a lovely cafe, the Tuning Fork, on site and a nice play park.
The park leads up to hill with large field and eventually leading to the canal/Hillmorton locks although current construction has seen this closed off for some time. Handy transport links as close to M1 motoroway/A5, and still not too far from town with the Link Road. Street is relatively quiet although some construction traffic still passes and roads not yet surfaced even after almost 3 years living here.
The community is great, mostly people are very friendly and there are classes and events at The Barn facility, a small local hub/hall

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

Check all rooms straight away for snagging issues, however small so that many can be resolved together

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Different garden layout with more patio provided and there is something with the vents where when it is windy, there is a knocking noise which can be heard in the bedroom

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