The Property Magazine - New Homes - Summer 2018






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Editor's Letter…

On my travels across Oxfordshire,

visiting supermarkets and touring

new developments, I am often

struck with how well located the

new developments and community

villages are, and what wonderful

opportunities they present.

Sometimes sitting on the edge of

some of the country’s most beautiful

countryside, with the charming villages

of The Cotswolds lying sleepily next

door, it seems you really are buying into

some beautiful locations, that can only

get better with time and maturity.

As I sipped coffee and ate cake in

Sainsbury’s cafe and Cotswold tea

rooms, I mused on the many possibilities

that these community villages are

offering, with new schools and

community hubs and such easy access

to Oxford, London and other major

cities. It is a very exciting time to be on

the search for a new home, where both

location and quality of life are possible!





Could The Help to Buy Scheme help

you get a foot on the property ladder?

Self-Build mortgages, how do they work?



The UK’s most exciting self-build and custom build opportunity.

A new home, designed. created and built by you!



How the last bastion of male

dominance, The Garden Shed is giving

way to make an efficient workspace.


In this issue we have highlighted

developments in Cherwell and

West Oxfordshire. In the next issue

we will take a closer look at South

Oxfordshire and at what is happening in

neighbouring counties.

For the garden, Sheena Marsh treats

us to some inspirational ideas for the

garden office, a great solution for finding

that private and quiet space to work.

We would love you to hear about

your experiences of buying a new

home and to share your stories and tips

with readers. So get in touch at

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continues to shine!




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Moving Home?

Whether you’re looking for a bigger property and to borrow more, or you want to

downsize and release some equity, simply sticking with your existing lender many not

be the most suitable option if you want to take advantage of the special rates and

deals being offered in the market.

It’s a good idea to speak to a mortgage adviser who can search thousands of

mortgages including many exclusives, to find the right deal that suits your individual




Mortgages for self and custom build differ from residential mortgages because the

money is released in stages as the build progresses. There are two types of mortgage

– valuation based and cost based. The valuation based mortgage releases funds

in arrears, based on valuations at key stages of your project. Cost based mortgage

provides peace of mind, with guaranteed stage payments based on your costs at every

stage of the project.

The right mortgage for you will depend on your individual project and financial

circumstances so it’s vital to speak to an expert who can look at your project

individually and recommend the right mortgage for you.


Buying your first home is a great milestone in your life. If you’ve only got a small

deposit you might be interested in the Help to Buy Scheme, a government initiative to

help buyers with 5% deposits get onto the property ladder.

The Help to Buy Scheme is a shared equity loan and if you’ve got a 5% deposit, you

can apply for a loan of up to 20% of the value of a new build property (valued at up

to £600,000 in England). You borrow the rest (up to 75% from a mortgage lender

on a repayment basis. You won’t be charged loan fees on the 20% loan for the first

five years of owning your home. For more information about Help to Buy, speak to a

mortgage adviser.

Renovating or Converting a Property

When it comes to renovating a property, the first stage of this type of development

often involves removal or repairs to the roof, windows and remedial work to the


Mortgages for renovations or conversions release funds in stages as the project

progresses. Usually lenders release funds when the value of your property has

increased, after each stage is completed (in arrears). With a cost based mortgage,

stage payments are based on your project build costs rather than the property

valuation and funds are paid to you in advance of each stage.

It’s important to speak to a mortgage adviser who can recommend the right mortgage

to suit your project cashflow and financial circumstances.



Trust our expert advisers to save you time and money

• First time buyers

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Only 4 miles from Woodstock, Charity

Farm, a small and eclectic mix of only

37 three to six bedroom homes, is set

in a beautiful edge of village location.

With many of the homes now

reserved or already being enjoyed

by their newowners, Charity Farm

is living up to the expectations well

deserved of any PYE Home, having

received an NHBC Pride in the Job

Quality Award.




For further details of the varying

designs or to view the brochure

and site video visit us on line at:


The Garden Shed gives way

to The Garden Office

Perhaps the last bastion of male dominance in

the garden is the shed. Traditionally the male

preserve where men can retreat from ‘her indoors,’

batten down the hatches and indulge in all sorts

of disgusting, anti-social behavior. Not for much

longer. A 2015 study by the TUC to mark National

Work From Home Day revealed that nearly a

quarter of a million more people worked from

home than the decade before. And the biggest

growth in the trend has been among women with

35% more working from home in 2015 than in

2005. As this trend seems set to continue, many

ladies are eyeing up the garden shed as a possible

extra working space.

Some garden offices come complete with a sedum roof in which alpine plants

flower in spring and summer making a pleasant outlook for neighbours

and the top floor of the house. Your garden should be a reflection of your

own personality, just like your clothes, it should fit naturally with you. You

may dislike the apparent randomness of the classic garden, choosing a

more contemporary, clean cut garden building with sliding glass doors and

minimalist decking surround, in which case the surrounding planting palette

should be kept to a minimum to give maximum impact.

It’s becoming increasingly popular to introduce a smart, efficient workspace

to our gardens and several companies now specialise in contemporary home

offices (or posh sheds) to meet this growth in demand. Visit any garden show

and you will find on display fantastically chic buildings designed for all year

use. It seems that many of us now see the garden as an extra room and the

daily commute to the office, a simple stroll to a space into which we can

disappear undisturbed.

An office in the garden can completely dominate, especially if space is at a

premium, but with crafty design it can blend into the surrounding area and

style of the garden. Before deciding about what garden building to buy,

consider your taste. The look of a classic English cottage garden, for example,

appeals to many of us, in which case, the building can be ‘softened’ with

hanging baskets, terracotta pots and window boxes crammed with colourful

annual planting, thus making the building a feature.

Making the office or shed the focal point of a garden is fine providing it’s

an attractive building. The alternative is to screen it from the main house

and create different areas of interest within the garden. This can be done

by planting a hedge, although it will take a while to establish. A speedier

alternative is to erect a trellis, as a support for climbers, which are usually

much quicker to grow. Trees can be used with great effect,if there is enough

space. Pleached trees ( like a hedge on a stick) have become popular in

recent years to provide an instant, living screen. Hornbeam is often used for

pleaching, or,for evergreen screening, Quercus Ilex, the Holme Oak, is an

excellent choice.

Unless you particularly wish to don wellies on a wet winter morning’s

commute to work, a path from the back door to the office entrance is

essential. This should suit your garden in a similar way the flooring inside suits

the various rooms. If your style and taste is less formal, a winding gravel path,

with local shingle using an edging to contain, is a practical, cost effective

choice. Adding a planting border to each side, gives extra definition to the



In a sunny garden, a Lavender pathway is the perfect choice for scent, colour

and attracting bees.

For a lovely ‘cottagey’ look, allow for pockets of low growing herbs among

the gravel, so they can release delicious scents when stepped upon. The

disadvantage of gravel as a pathway is it can be difficult to wheel things over

and if you have trees in or around your garden, the gravel can quickly become

a mushy mess in the autumn. If you have a larger budget, a stone or brick

pathway is ideal. Giving the pathway a curve, as opposed to going straight

from A to B will make a garden look larger and invite exploration.

Lighting the pathway is essential for those long winter evenings helping to

define the edges and illuminate any flowers that are planted next to them. As

with anything else in your garden, the choice will depend on the overall style

and should fit your own lifestyle and personality.

Sheena Marsh is owner and designer at Oxford Garden Design.

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In association with

Mortgages for Graven Hill

Let BuildStore’s Specialist Mortgage

Advisers make your Dream Home at

Graven Hill a Reality!

Whether you want to self build with the Golden Brick

Detached Home and Pocket Plot options or you want

the opportunity to shape some of the features of your

new home with a Tailored Finish Terrace or Coach House –

Graven Hill offers something for everyone.

Whatever route you choose, BuildStore has a range of

EXCLUSIVE products developed to suit the specific needs

of self and custom builders.

BuildStore’s specialist mortgage advisers can recommend

and tailor a mortgage to suit your individual needs and

the specific build and payment option you have chosen

for your new home.

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep

up repayments on your mortgage. BuildStore Mortgage

Services Ltd do not charge a fee for self build and

custom build mortgages. For other mortgage types

a fee of £395 is charged, which is payable on offer.

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• Higher lending percentages

• Traditional or Advance

stage payments

• Competitive interest rates

• Exclusive products and lenders

• Interest only during the build

• Ability to stay in your current

home until your new one is


• Tailored cashflow to suit your

individual circumstances

and build.

Call our experts now

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BuildStore’s dedicated advisers for the

Graven Hill site are available for face to

face appointments at The Plot Shop or

telephone appointments.




Graven Hill nestles at the southern edge of

Bicester, an historic market town in Oxfordshire.

The 188-hectare site encircles an ancient hill

of beautiful mature woodland covering 30

hectares, which has been largely inaccessible

to local people for generations. The site has

been in use since before the Second World War

by the Ministry of Defence, who are gradually

relocating to make way for the new village.

Graven Hill

Graven Hill is the UK’s first large scale self-build

development and is leading the way to make

building your own home mainstream. It is being

delivered by the Graven Hill Village Development

Company, (GHVDC) which is wholly owned by

Cherwell District Council. Over the coming decade,

Graven Hill will evolve as a new village community

for Bicester.

Graven Hill is a ten year project which once

complete will feature up to 1900 homes, a

combination of those that are self-built and those

whose owners have chosen to go down the Tailored

Finish route. Tailored Finish properties are available

as two, three and four bed properties which provide

buyers with a choice of internal layouts, fixtures and

fittings plus a home built to the highest standards.

Graven Hill opens up the possibility for anyone to

design and create their own home. Customers are

offered a choice of new, simple and supported

ways of making their self-build dream a reality at

prices that compare favourably in the local property

market. There are options for all sizes of build

and budget, from a one-bedroom bungalow for

retirement years to a large family home. Clearly

defined routes enable a customer’s self-build

journey to be as ‘hands on’ or as ‘hands off’ as

they feel comfortable with. These benefits and

opportunities make self-building at Graven Hill a

very realistic option for many more people.

It is expected that around 40% of the new homes

will be Custom or Self-build.

An important part of the Graven Hill project is to

create a healthy living environment; opening-up the

woodland and surrounding countryside with new

cycle routes and walking trails connecting to the

town centre, planting a new orchard of fruit trees,

providing new allotments and creating habitats for

the wildlife abundant on the site. This all fits with

Cherwell District Council’s wider plan for growing

Bicester as a healthy-living, garden town.

At the heart of the Graven Hill community there

will be a small village centre with a pre-school

nursery, primary school, local shops, a pub, café,

small business premises and village green. The new

community will also have easy access to the existing

shops, services and amenities of Bicester.

Part of the wider Graven Hill site has been set

aside for one million square feet of commercial

investment over the life of the project, which

has the potential to create hundreds of jobs and

training opportunities for local people and helping

to deliver new investment and prosperity for

Bicester, which has excellent transport connections

and a growing, skilled population.

Our vision for Graven Hill is a distinctive new village

community, in a beautiful garden setting, where

people can afford to live, be enterprising and thrive.

We are looking to challenge the norm in order

to find better ways to make a place. An inclusive

development where like-minded people can come

together and live in a settled community for many

years to come. Key factors influencing the decision

of our current buyers have included location and

lifestyle. This comes as no surprise as Graven Hill

features an abundance of open green space and is

set against the backdrop of the beautiful hill. As well

as this tranquil rural setting, the development sits in

one of the most accessible parts of the country, with

excellent connectivity by road and rail to key cities

such as London, Oxford and Birmingham.

To help prospective home buyers understand more

about the development and to reach a decision on

what is the best option for them, Graven Hill has

now opened a Plot Shop in Bicester Town centre.






Graven Hill is the UK’s largest and most

exciting self and custom build opportunity

which offers something for everyone.

BuildStore Mortgage Services are the self build

mortgage experts with 20 years’ experience

and over 20,000 homes built. BuildStore is

working with Graven Hill to provide a range

of EXCLUSIVE mortgages designed specifically

for self or custom build homes.

If you want to self build or you want the

opportunity to shape some of the features of

your new home you can do so by selecting from

a range of options.

Whether you are building a first home, you

want a larger home for a growing family, you

wish to downsize in your retirement years, or

you prefer a single story property such as a

bungalow that is better suited to your needs –

Graven Hill has it all.

The route you take will depend on your budget,

so it’s important to speak to the experts at

Buildstore early on!

Get in touch with Buildstore – telephone 0345

223 4647 or email

Here their dedicated team will meet with you and

talk you through your options and then support you

at every stage of your Graven Hill journey. Whatever

choice you make, the options offered at Graven Hill

are unequalled.

Further information on Graven Hill can be found

at by calling 01869 396 070

or visiting the Plot Shop, Pioneer Square, Bicester

OX26 6JU.




This exciting new development is

close to the picturesque market

town of Witney in the beautiful

Oxfordshire Cotswolds and offers

a selection of quality 2, 3, 4 and

5 bedroom homes, all carefully

designed to complement their

charming Cotswold environment.

Windrush Place is less than two

miles from Witney, with its historic,

Cotswold stone buildings and pretty

River Windrush. The town centre

offers great shopping and there

are local schools, health and leisure

facilities, as well as easy access to

nearby Oxford and the M40.

Famous for its woollen Witney

blankets, the town is steeped in

history, with centuries-old buildings

such as the 13th century St Mary’s

Parish Church,the Blanket Hall and

The Buttercross. Today you can

enjoy pubs, restaurants, museums, a

cinema, a leisure centre, sports clubs,

a golf centre and the tranquil Witney

Lakes and Meadows.

Cogges Manor Farm is a working,

Victorian museum and you’ll find

12th century archaeological remains

at Bishop’s Palace. The Cotswold

Wildlife Park at Burford is great for

animal-lovers and regal Blenheim

Palace is only 13 miles away. A

few minutes’ drive takes you into

the Cotswold Area of Outstanding

Natural Beauty with its pretty market

towns and quintessential English


In the Market Place a monthly

Farmers’ Markets offers tasty,

local produce, and on the edge

of town you’ll find a B&Q, Lidl

and Sainsbury’s. Oxford, the city

of dreaming spires is less than 15

miles away, with its Covered Market

and indoor shopping malls, or visit

Bicester Village, the designer outlet,

just a 21 mile drive.

Witney offers a great mix of shopping

with smaller, independent retailers

and large national stores. Marriotts

Walk and Woolgate Shopping Centres

are home to brands such as M&S,

Waitrose, Next and Waterstones and

the thriving High Street has antiques,

jewellery, shoes and well-known

fashion stores.


Nearby are West Witney Primary and

Queen Emma’s Primary and others

include Our Lady of Lourdes Primary,

St Mary’s Church of England Primary,

The Batt Church of England School

and Tower Hill Community Primary.

For senior students there’s The

Henry Box School and Wood Green

School, while The King’s School is

an independent, Christian school

for both primary and senior pupils.

Nearby Cokethorpe School, is also an

independent school for children aged

from 4 to 18. Abingdon & Witney

College is ranked in the top 10%

nationally. Oxford University has 38

independent colleges.

If you’re looking for a fantastic new

home, in a stunning West Oxfordshire

setting, your search ends here!

Windrush Place

Witney, Oxfordshire OX29 7NX. To

find out more call a sales advisor on

01993 624000.

Kingsmere, Modern Village Living, South West Bicester

Several of Bicester’s housing developments have a

headline feature, be it self-build or sustainability.

For Kingsmere a key appeal is its location supported

by excellent transport connections, including two

train stations within walking distance, coupled with

the provision of fantastic new community facilities

on site, including a brand new primary school and

sports village.

The site is located to the south west of Bicester and will

deliver up to 2,450 new homes across two phases. The

homes are a mixture of designs ranging from modest two

bedroom homes to executive five bedroom properties. As

per all major developments, affordable rent and shared

ownership opportunities are available.

Families are well catered for with lovely new parks, play

areas, village centre, with a Community Centre and

separate Youth Centre, and of course an amazing new

Sports Centre with several grass pitches to cater for

football, rugby and cricket, and a wheelchair-friendly

jogging/cycling track. Construction of a new secondary

school at Kingsmere will start later this year.

The second phase of Kingsmere will start this summer to

provide further new homes, parks, play areas and a second

new primary school.

A variety of beautiful new homes

are being built at Kingsmere

from Bovis, Bellway, Linden and

Persimmon Homes:








For more information visit



Dorchester Living

at Heyford Park




Dorchester Living has launched its

newest collection of stylish homes

called The Crescent at its exclusive

Heyford Park development in

Upper Heyford. The Crescent

features an exciting collection of

three to six-bedroom houses, built

to a very high standard and ideal

for families, with prices starting

from £364,995.

The first properties on this new phase

will be ready for occupation this

summer whilst other plots can be

reserved off-plan ready to move into

towards the end of 2018/beginning of

2019. Help to Buy, Assisted Move and

Part Exchange are available on selected


This new phase of development

offers purchasers a selection of the

most popular housetypes, such as the

Gilbert and the Darcy as well as The

Knightley, which is a new housetype.

The Gilbert is a 3 bedroom property

with an open plan kitchen and dining

room with bi-folding doors leading

to the garden. There is an en-suite to

the master bedroom. Prices start from


The Darcy is a 4 bedroom property

spread across 2.5 storeys with an open

plan kitchen, dining room and living

room as well as a separate study. The

master bedroom features an en-suite

and walk in wardrobe and selected

plots have a double garage. Prices start

from £569,995.

The Knightley is a 5 bedroom property

spread across 3 storeys. There is an

open plan kitchen and dining room

with two sets of bi-folding doors

leading to the garden as well as a

separate living room, utility room and

study. The master bedroom, bedroom

2 and bedroom 3 all have en-suites

and all plots have a double garage.

Prices start from £874,995.

Heyford Park is Dorchester Living's

first development project and is the

large-scale regeneration of former

RAF Upper Heyford in Bicester,

Oxfordshire. Set within 1,231 acres,

Dorchester Living are building over

700 new homes at the Heyford Park

development. Working alongside local

companies and the local community

helps Dorchester Living to fulfil its

commitment of creating a sustainable


Dorchester Living are in the process

of developing a number of facilities

and amenities at Heyford Park, and

the first of these is the Heyford Park

Free School which opened in 2013. In

spring 2018, The Old Station Nursery

opened at Heyford Park, offering

funded places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

as well as full and part time sessions

for babies up to 5 years.

The Heyford Park Specialisms Campus

has a fully-equipped leisure gym which

is open to residents outside of school

hours. A neighbourhood centre with

retail outlets and a village pub will be

available to Heyford Park residents in

the near future.

Situated 16 miles north of Oxford

town centre, 6 miles northwest of

Bicester, 16 miles southeast of Banbury

and 3.5 miles to the southwest of

Junction 10 of the M40, Heyford Park

provides unrivalled access to the rest

of the UK.

For more information please call

01869 238238 or visit our sales and

marketing suite on Camp Road, OX25

5HD - Open 7 days a week, 10am -




3 BEDS FROM £364,995

4 BEDS FROM £424,995

5 BEDS FROM £574,995

6 BEDS FROM £699,995











Taking the stress out of moving...

It’s a simple fact that moving

can be one of the most

stressful life events you will

undertake. Yet with a little

pre-planning, and the right

removals company, your

move to your new home

can become an enjoyable

experience. It’s essential to be

well prepared so we’ve put

together a few tips to ensure

your move runs without any

unexpected hitches.

Look to get a moving quote and book

in a professional moving survey as

soon as you are can. If there is not

private parking at both properties,

notify your removals company, so they

can arrange in advance of your move.

Make sure that fixtures and fittings

are all agreed on and removed or

disconnected prior to moving day.

Always notify your utility companies

of your move and remember to take

final meter readings on the day of the


Kids can be anxious and excited about

moving, make them feel part of the

day by giving them a small box of

their own to pack their special things.

To reduce your pet’s anxiety on the

move day, try to arrange for them to

be elsewhere of clear one room first

where they can be kept calm.

Look to keep important

documentation with you at all times

in case of any last-minute queries and

ensure that keys can be dropped off

and collected on completion with

your Estate Agent or seller.

You can trust your local Dulux Select Decorator to deliver an exceptional service.

Your Dulux Select Decorator is an independent decorator, who has been assessed and accredited

as a scheme member by Dulux. Members offer a two year quality workmanship guarantee*

including deposit protection.

Dulux Select Decorators…

• Are assessed and approved by Dulux

• Offer a 24 month workmanship guarantee for your peace of mind

• Follow the strict Dulux Code of Practice to give you the highest standards

• Manage your job professionally from initial quote to final coat

• Look after your home, leaving it clean and tidy

To find your local Dulux Select Decorator please visit

Dulux Select Decorators, Freepost MID20389, Arnold, Nottinghamshire NG5 1BR

T: 0333 222 7022 E:

To advertise on this page please call the sales team on 07484 713455


Check house-builders’

websites before you visit

show homes.

Many offer incentives if you

make an appointment first.


Tips & Tricks

Check out the moving-in

incentives. Often developers offer

incentives to entice customers.

Don’t rush in. Once plots are

released, prices may change

every few weeks, so continually

check websites and price lists.

If you can, check-out other

buyer experiences on the same


To part-ex or not to part-ex? By

part-exchanging your house, the

house-builder agrees to buy it for

a set figure.

Often you want more than they

offer, hold fast, show examples of

similar houses and prices.

Haggle, haggle, haggle. Until

you’ve reserved, haggling is key

- will they include dishwasher,

bathroom upgrade, tiling,

carpets, stamp duty paid?

New-builds can be more energyefficient.

More environmentallyfriendly

building controls mean

newer houses can be a lot

cheaper to heat.

Ask for an overlap. Ask to get

the keys to your new house a

few days before giving the keys

to your old home.

That way you can get the new

home ready and moved in, then

tidy up the old one before giving

the keys back.

Pay for upgrades or do it yourself?

Paying the house-builder to tile

the bathroom floor can be a good

move. New houses need to settle,

and cracks can happen.

Getting it laid for you means they

should replace them if they crack.

We would love to hear your stories and experiences with buying a new-build home.

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story begins

Every story starts somewhere...

where will your somewhere be?

With the endless possibilities and memories to

be made, begin your story with Bovis Homes.

Because a new story deserves

a new home to start it in!

We have a number of purchase assistance schemes

to help get you moving. Call for more information.

A stunning collection

2 to 5 bedroom homes

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