This award is for the best development of any size in the North of England (for the purposes of this category – Birmingham and above). An area of the country where housebuilding is increasing and offers a highly competitive market place, this award recognises an exceptional range of new homes that stands out from the crowd whilst remaining accessible to first time buyers.

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Lovell | New Acres

Located within the Raffles estate in Carlisle, which has undergone a transformative regeneration over the last decade, New Acres is a development of 52 houses, which has helped to breathe new life into an existing community, creating new homes, facilities and a fresh outlook. Our range of two and three bedroom homes appeal to a range of purchasers, from local first time buyers looking for an attractive, sustainable home to start their climb on the property ladder, as well as attracting new residents from further afield who have moved to Carlisle for work, studies or retirement.

Miller Homes | Cathedral View

The village of Streethay, close to the historic Staffordshire town of Lichfield, is home to one of Miller Homes’ latest developments, Cathedral View. Surrounded by trees and open green spaces, this picturesque neighbourhood comprises of a mix of two to five bedroom houses. This includes a number of housetypes geared specifically towards the first time buyer market in terms of style, layout and affordability and, to date, almost a third of properties on the development have been purchased by this demographic of purchasers. As well as the properties on offer, this cohort has also been attracted to Cathedral View’s location in the heart of the Midlands and the local amenities within easy reach. Its proximity to Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent and Derby, mean it has become a popular choice with those getting a foot on the property ladder, including young professionals and families.

Riverside Home Ownership | Silverbirch

Silverbirch in Camperdown, Newcastle, is Riverside’s flagship development of 40 affordable homes in North Tyneside. With five property sizes and styles available through shared ownership, Riverside Home Ownership offers first time buyers and other eligible purchasers the opportunity to get on to the property ladder in a popular yet cosy village. Levels of homeownership in the North East have traditionally been below the national average. Shared ownership means purchasers at Silverbirch buy the share they can afford and pay a reduced monthly rent on the remainder to the housing association, with the option to own outright in the future. The properties are built to a very high specification, with quality finishes throughout and integrated appliances as standard. Buyers also benefit from advice and support from RHO’s expert team throughout the whole process and beyond.