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Tue, 9th January, 2018
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BUYERS CAN BAG AN AFFORDABLE HOME IN BEDFORD AT DE MONTFORT PLACE

Tue, 19th December, 2017

Bedfordshire has been crowned the best region in the UK for purchasing a property through the Government’s Help to Buy scheme. Recent research from Totally Money examined each district across the country to generate a list of hotspots for the scheme; Central Bedfordshire offered the highest number of Help to Buy loans with 1,710 per individual, making buyers’ first step on the property ladder far more achievable. Storey Homes has contributed to the county’s selection of affordable homes with De Montfort Place in Bedford, which is ideal for buyers looking to get more for their money through the Help to Buy scheme.

Potential buyers can also feel confident in the quality of properties available with Storey Homes, as the Federation of Master Builders confirms buyers are twice as likely to be happy with their new build home if purchased from a small or medium sized house builder.

Katy Jordan, Managing Director of Storey Homes, comments: “We understand the challenges that come with buying a new property, and we are thrilled to provide a beautiful selection of quality homes with the special offer of Help to Buy. Bedford offers a great place for travelling into the capital, and a range of leisure activities that residents can do locally. Whether purchasers are looking for the perfect family home or a stylish apartment with an easy commute, De Montfort Place is designed for a range of personal styles at an affordable price.”

De Montfort Place offers a selection of 152 houses and apartments, most of which come with the government’s Help to Buy equity loan that provides movers with the chance to purchase with as little as a 5% deposit and an additional 25 affordable homes. The development is designed to meet the needs of families, downsizers and first-time buyers. Set along tree-lined streets, apartments benefit from open-plan interiors, separate utility cupboards and allocated secure parking. Similarly, the outstanding houses are great for families, with a large amount of living space inside and out, and secure parking for two cars.                                                                                                                                                   
The attractive market town of Bedford provides a range of retail and leisure opportunities for local residents, including shops, restaurants, cafés and bars. Bedford also hosts the annual International Kite Festival and bi-annual River Festival -  the second largest outdoor event in the UK. Fans of the outdoors can enjoy 360 acres of lakes, meadows and woodland at the award-winning Priory Country Park, just a 12-minute drive from De Montfort Place. Renowned for having the finest riverside settings, home owners can also spend time along the River Great Ouse and explore its many parks.

De Montfort Place offers excellent transport connections, with a convenient 11-minute walk to Bedford train station. From there, residents will benefit from frequent links into London St Pancras, with a fast train journey time of just 39 minutes. For travelling by car, major roads are easily accessible from the development, with the M1 within a five mile drive, and Luton Airport approximately 40 minutes away.

Ideal for families, Bedford is home to a number of well-regarded schools, including independent school Polam School only a short five-minute walk from the development. For further education, Bedford College is a 12-minute drive away.

https://www.financedigest.com/buyers-can-bag-an-affordable-home-in-bedford-at-de-montfort-place.html
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SHOULD WE OVERPAY OUR LOAN?

Sat, 2nd December, 2017
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HOME BUYING A CALL OF DUTY

Fri, 1st December, 2017
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STOREY HOMES ACQUIRES LAND IN BARKWAY, HERTFORDSHIRE

Mon, 6th November, 2017

Storey Homes will be developing 12 dwellings on a 1.7acre greenfield site that will be designed and built to a high standard of specification including contemporary spacious layouts and vehicular charging points. The scheme will appeal to families and downsizers providing generous gardens and open views over the countryside.


Barkway is a long-established vibrant village in North Hertfordshire with a population of just over 800 residents with many clubs and organisations for residents to enjoy. Situated five miles South-East of Royston, 15 miles from Cambridge and 35 miles from London, Barkway has easy access to excellent transport hubs.


To register your interest please contact 01582 472165.

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BEDFORD IS TOP OF THE CLASS FOR UNIVERSITY TOWN LANDLORDS

Fri, 3rd November, 2017

Bedford is one of the top performing university towns when it comes to its housing market, making a purchase here a sound investment choice. Data from Halifax Bank showed that property values across Bedford, Luton and Aylesbury, the towns that make up the University of Bedfordshire, increased 42% over the past three years, the time it took many students to complete a degree. Investors looking to capitalise on this ongoing trend should take a look at De Montfort Place by Storey Homes, where the range of contemporary one and two bedroom apartments make an ideal buy to let investment.

In the analysis of property values in 65 university towns, the towns of the University of Bedfordshire together topped the list with the greatest percentage increase. While the university brings investment, vibrancy and a population of thousands of students to Bedford, there is also a growing demand from young professionals for high quality rental homes, meaning a strong buy to let market. Within walking distance of the university campus, the town centre and the train station, De Montfort Place is conveniently located for tenants that want to be close to everything that Bedford has to offer.

Katy Jordan, Managing Director of Storey Homes, comments: “Demand is increasing for rental homes in Bedford with a good standard of specification and the area makes a savvy choice for investors who can see for themselves how well the market has performed in recent years. Parents may want to buy a property for their children to live in while studying at the university, but young professionals also make up a major part of the tenant market. Potential landlords can be reassured that buying a brand new apartment at De Montfort Place would be an easy, low maintenance option, where they can benefit from a sound rental yield and good long term prospects.”

De Montfort Place offers a range of property types ranging from one-bedroom apartments to five bedroom houses and homes are approaching build completion. The apartments are set in two substantial mansion style buildings with traditionally inspired red brick and render facades. The architectural style is a nod to Bedford’s Victorian vernacular, meaning the new development blends well with its surroundings of established tree-lined streets.

Inside the apartments at De Montfort Place open plan kitchen and living spaces are designed to make the most of space, many with large bay windows to maximise natural light. The high-quality specification includes contemporary kitchens with a range of integrated appliances and stylish units. Modern construction techniques ensure the homes are energy efficient, keeping utility bills low, while secure, allocated parking and cycle storage rooms are provided for all apartment residents.

Bedford is rising in popularity among young professionals thanks to its improving commuter connections. Major upgrades taking place to the Thameslink line is making rail links between Bedford and London better, with increased capacity thanks to more frequent services and longer trains. De Montfort Place is just over half a mile and an easy walk from Bedford Station and journey times into London St Pancras take around 50 minutes. For travel by car, the M25 is just a few miles away and for journeying further afield, Luton Airport is around 40 minutes away.

The University of Bedfordshire campus in Bedford is less than two miles away from De Montfort Place and is the location for the university’s well-respected teaching and physical education schools. The town itself is attractive and convenient, offering an extensive range of retail and leisure facilities. It benefits from one of the finest riverside settings where there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy its many parks and green spaces.

For information on the development please call 01234 325777

https://www.financedigest.com/bedford-is-top-of-the-class-for-university-town-landlords.html
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STOREY HOMES APPEARS IN FIRST TIME BUYER MAGAZINE

Wed, 2nd August, 2017
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WHY BUY A FLAT IN LONDON WHEN YOU CAN AFFORD A HOUSE IN BEDFORD?

Fri, 16th June, 2017

The average property price in London stands at £472,000 according to ONS figures, which would typically buy a small two-bedroom apartment in the zone two/three borders. For those who have had enough of London’s inflated prices, the same amount would buy a four-bedroom home at De Montfort Place by Storey Homes in Bedford, an easy commute from Central London.

Moving out of London to get more home for your money has been a prominent trend over the past few years, as London prices have continued to rise. In 2016, 74,000 homes were bought by Londoners leaving the capital, according to research by Hamptons International and this was a particular trend among families. The range of contemporary four and five bedroom houses currently available at De Montfort Place are ideal for growing families in search of a spacious home with good travel connections.

Thanks to high demand for quality homes in the area, there has been strong interest in the properties at De Montfort Place, with half of the first phase now sold. But considering the average price for a five-bedroom house in London is £1.49 million according to Rightmove, compared for £475,000 at De Montfort Place, it is easy to see how this represents good value. Even when adding in the cost of commuting, which is around £4,500 for a full annual season ticket from Bedford into London St Pancras, families find they are still better off living outside the capital.

Katy Jordan, Managing Director of Storey Homes, comments: “It is no surprise that home hunters can get more for their money by moving out of London, but this value gap has become marked in recent years. One of our main buyer groups so far at De Montfort Place is young professionals either who have started or would like to start a family and simply cannot sustain the London lifestyle any longer. Bedford is a great place for this demographic with lots going on, good schools and those all important London commuter transport links.”

De Montfort Place offers a range of property types ranging from one-bedroom apartments to five bedroom houses. Set in a tranquil, tree-lined streetscape, architecture is traditionally inspired with timeless red brick and render facades. The homes are due to be complete to move into in autumn 2017.

Inside every home, the interior design is well thought out and incorporates a high-quality specification that includes contemporary kitchens with a full range of integrated appliances and stylish units.  The four bedroom homes are great for families, offering plenty of space inside and out, with parking spaces for two cars, as well as an enclosed rear garden.

The Melton is one of the four-bedroom house types with spacious living accommodation set over three floors, including an open-plan kitchen with a breakfast and family area, with French doors leading out onto the garden. The separate living room offers additional family space, and a cloakroom completes the ground floor. The first floor comprises two bedrooms with separate dressing areas and en-suite bathrooms. A further two bedrooms, study and family bathroom can be found on the second floor.

De Montfort Place is just over half a mile and an easy walk from Bedford Station. From here, transport connections into London St Pancras are fast and frequent, with a journey time of around 50 minutes. For travel by car, the M25 is just a few miles away and for journeying further afield, Luton Airport is around 40 minutes away.

Bedford itself is an attractive and convenient market town, offering an extensive range of retail and leisure facilities. Renowned as having one of the finest riverside settings, residents will be able to enjoy spending time along the River Great Ouse and its many parks and green spaces. Perfect for families in search of good education, independents schools such as Polam School are only minutes away, as is Bedford College for further education.

https://www.financedigest.com/why-buy-a-flat-in-london-when-you-can-afford-a-house-in-bedford.html
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STOREY HOMES' OFF-PLAN PURCHASING SUCCESS IN BEDFORD

Thu, 8th June, 2017


Full Article at https://www.whathouse.com/todays-new-homes/news-in-brief-from-the-new-homes-scene-week-23-2017/
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STOREY HOMES' BEDFORD DEVELOPMENT AND FUTURE PLANS

Sat, 1st April, 2017
PHPD recently caught up with Storey Homes managing director Katy Jordan at the company's De Montfort Place site in Bedford to discover more about its current development, and the housebuilder's plans for the future.

Storey Homes is a small-sized housebuilder that is thinking big. From its base in Milton Keynes it has the aspiration to become a leading developer across Herts, Beds & Bucks. Having recently completed a site in Ampthill the company is currently focused on a 152 unit development in the centre of Bedford.
The site, De Montfort Place, was formerly part of the campus of De Montfort University and included a number of academic buildings, now demolished. Once fully developed it will feature 152 new homes via a mix of terraced and semi-detached houses, and apartments. Amongst the private sale homes, the development includes 25 houses for affordable rent. The four phase development is projected to take another three years to complete, with construction of the first phase well underway. Already proving popular the first release of properties is almost fully sold.
Katy Jordan, Managing Director of Storey Homes told us, "We have been so happy with the success of the first release of De Montfort Place, and this next phase is expected to sell quickly. There is high demand for the apartments in this area, particularly among young professionals looking to get more for their money than in the capital. The four-bedroom houses are expected to be particularly popular as they all have south facing gardens."

Conservation Area
The site in central Bedford is close to both the train station and the city centre, and is situated in a conservation area. Consequently the housebuilder has included a number of features to ensure the development fits in with the local vernacular. All the villas are bay-fronted and a large amount of stone has been included in the exterior detailing. The roofs will feature natural slate and all windows are timber.
Katy Jordan noted, "What we have here is a very high specification of external fabric. Which ordinarily you wouldn't be putting forward to the planners, but because of the location of the site we were very guided by that, and on this particular development it is very much within the local vernacular."
External designers were used to create the house types, which the company does on all its sites to ensure homes meet the demands of the local market. As such, there is not a 'typical' look to a Storey Homes development. Katy continued, "I don't think you would be able to go to two of our sites, without them being branded, and say this is a Storey Homes site, other than they look great. Kerb appeal is important to us."

Building Relationships 
Although it did consider timber-frame for a phase of the De Montfort Place development, Storey Homes uses a traditional method of construction, working closely with sub-contractors to achieve the build quality it requires. With sub-contractors playing a key role in construction the company has put significant effort into building relationships with them. Managing Director Katy Jordan noted, "We spend a lot of time with our sub-contractors to explain that we operate as a big firm, although we are small at the moment." She continued, "I am a firm believer that every sub-contractor wants to work for a good client." At the De Montfort Place site Storey Homes provides a good quality of on-site facilities. 
However, finding an retaining sub-contractors remains a challenge because, as Katy told us, "There is plenty of work out there." But she concludes, "I think they can see the level of professionalism that we are bringing to the table." 

Quality Specification
Internally the housebuilder is delivering a high level of specification and focuses on providing branded solutions in key areas. For example, bathrooms feature Porcelanosa tiles and Roca sanitary ware, while the kitchens are from German manufacturer Hacker. Commercial manager Steve Glendinning explained, "One thing that we set ourselves apart on is having a really good specification. Being a small developer that is key for us, to say look at our product compared with the rest." He continued, "All of the specification whether it be ceramic tiles, ironmongery, internal doors, kitchens, sanitary ware or appliances we are in control of that."
However, the level of specification is not a one-size-fits-all approach across the housebuilder's development portfolio. As with the external design, the internal specification will depend on what the market dictates in the particular location. Katy Jordan continued, "That will differ from site-to-site, to fit the requirement of the market. That is the element of freedom you have as a private developer [and] if there is a particular specification item that isn't greeted particularly warmly by the market, we are able to change that."

Future Developments
Although Storey Homes will be on site at De Montfort Place for the next few years it has a number of planning applications underway on land which it owns and has acquired more land around Milton Keynes for potential development. Katy Jordan said, "We want a blended portfolio so we have a reasonable amount of strategic land, which by its very nature is agricultural at this moment in time.
"This is our most centred location to a town centre, but what we really like is the market towns, that is where our favourite spots are. We look for places where we would want to live ourselves and build products in which, we would want to live."
Whether Storey Homes will meet its aspiration to be the best developer in Herts, Beds & Bucks - only time will tell. But the company's commitment to high standards and focus on quality will, no doubt, serve it well on its journey.
Professional Housebuilder & Property Developer Magazine. April 2017 Page 12
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LIME TREE COURT APPEARS IN "WHAT DO MUMS REALLY WANT IN A DREAM HOME?"

Sun, 26th March, 2017
What do mums really want in a dream home? Some features on the list might include garden pods, balconies, leisure suites, luxurious kitchens and walk-in wardrobes.

Lime Tree Court, Ampthill by Storey Homes

There are three Basswood homes available at Lime Tree Court, each with two master bedrooms that include en-suites and dressing room areas tucked away from the main sleeping area. With plenty of storage space for shoes and clothes, this is perfect for fashion fanatics. A bonus is that this property has been designed to be highly energy efficient and sustainable materials have been used in construction wherever possible.

The Basswood is priced from £599,950. For further details, visit www.storey-homes.co.uk

Read the full article at http://www.housebeautiful.co.uk/lifestyle/property/a1454/properties-mothers-will-love-dream-home/ 
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BEDFORD'S THE FAMILY TICKET

Wed, 8th March, 2017
(1 March 2017 - Evening Standard)

Commuter towns within 45 minutes of the capital are expected to register big price gains this year.  Most families after a manageable commute and a good-value home also want a quick dash to the station and an easy school run.  


De Montfort Place, above, in Bedford, ticks these boxes.  The county town is 35 minutes by train from St Pancras, at the end of the Thameslink route through London, and has a number of highly rated state and independent schools, plus easy access to the lovely countryside.  The development, by Storey Homes, is less than a mile from the station.  The town centre is getting a makeover, with a new station “quarter” and shopping precinct overlooking the River Great Ouse, while a former university campus hardly five minutes away is getting a revamp, and a park has been created.  


What was a run-down neighbourhood, albeit a conservation area, dominated by student digs and lecture rooms, is now one of Bedford’s best addresses with smart, good-value homes in new and refurbished buildings.  The area has the look and feel of a prosperous, tucked-away pocket in suburban Putney or Wimbledon - quiet and leafy, with inspirational, solid architecture - but the homes are far cheaper.  


De Montfort Place includes three-storey, four bedroom semis from £475,000 and flats from £185,000. 


Call 01582 742165.

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Fri, 3rd March, 2017
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FOODIES WHO LOVE FARMERS' MARKETS LOOK TO LIME TREE COURT FOR INVESTMENT IN PROPERTY

Fri, 3rd March, 2017

It’s not just great schools and travel links that push up property prices.

According to online estate agents Zoopla, homes near popular farmers’ markets are drawing in foodies and pushing up house prices

even more too.   Zoopla has found that homes near farmers’ markets are more than 26% higher than prices in the wider county area.

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For buyers looking to invest in property close to markets offering fresh, local produce they should look to Storey Homes development in Ampthill. Lime Tree Court, in Station Road, is only a short walk to the centre of the sought-after market town of Ampthill, where the Ampthill Charter Market trades weekly. The private, gated development now has only three, ve bedroom homes available offering plenty of room inside and out. Each Basswood home is spread across four oors and comes with a garage, spacious living areas with ample storage on each level, and are in perfect proximity to a unique shopping experience with a number of specialist shops, interspersed with everyday outlets.

Katy Jordan, Managing Director of Storey Homes, comments: “Ampthill is a highly-prized address with a market that has been running here for many years. The weekly market offers plenty of locally grown produce, homemade cakes and biscuits, preserves, fresh sh and seasonal plants, so it is great to hear that having such a great amenity on your doorstep is now helping people build up more equity in their homes.

“Homes at the development are proving popular with 11 homes now sold. The Basswood design is part of the last phase of the development and we urge anyone considering purchasing in this area to come and see our stunning show home to avoid disappointment.”

The Basswood offers plenty of storage, a garage and a utility room on the ground oor. A spacious kitchen and dining room leading to the rear garden, a WC and a separate living space, which leads out onto a balcony, all occupy the rst oor, allowing for an ease of living, previously unheard of in most townhouses.

There are two master bedrooms to the second floor that both include en-suites and dressing room areas; two further double bedrooms, a single bedroom and a family bathroom are located on the third floor. All of the homes at Lime Tree Court enjoy a high quality specification, with individually designed kitchens, fitted with integrated appliances. Stylish bathrooms feature contemporary white sanitaryware, finished with chrome fixtures and Porcelanosa floor and wall tiles. Each property has been designed to be highly energy efficient and sustainable materials have been used in construction wherever possible. 

Ampthill offers a plethora of leisure amenities, making the new homes ideal for family living. For outdoor pursuits, the town plays host to a range of sports, including rugby, tennis, cricket and bowls. Woburn Safari Park and Centre Parcs are also close by for family entertainment.

There is a great selection of Ofsted rated Good schools, such as The Firs and Russell Lower Schools, while adjacent to Lime Tree Court is Alameda Middle School. Redbourne College, an Outstanding higher education facility, is a short walk away. Nearby Bedford boasts even more schooling options including a range of independent schools.

The town is also ideally located for those who travel, with the M1 just six miles from home. Trains from Flitwick station, just 10 minute’s drive or a short bus ride away, offers direct connections into London St Pancras in around 50 minutes.  For frequent fliers, Luton Airport just 18 miles away.

The Basswood is priced from £599,950. For further details, visit www.storey-homes.co.uk.

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SHOW HOUSE ARTICLE - "WITH KATY JORDAN"

Wed, 1st March, 2017
Michael Dineen meets Storey Homes' managing director, a quantity surveyor whose attention to detail is proving invaluable to the small housebuilder

Quantity surveying is a tough discipline - tough to master and very tough on all the other toilers in housebuilding. Katy knows all about this because she comes from a family of quantity surveyors, and to keep up with them she obtained a university degree in the subject three years after leaving school.
"With father and uncle in construction it was a natural decision to follow suit - but I wasn't very good at maths."
You have to get used to Jordan's disarming candour. She speaks her mind and clearly knows what she wants out of a day's work.
Today she is the first managing director of Storey Homes, a housebuilder based in Milton Keynes. She leads a small team answerable to brothers Mark and Matthew Storey who head M&M Supplies, the leading food trading concern.
Storey Homes arose because the Storey brothers had invested in enough vacant local building plots to be called a land bank, and decided eventually to build a few homes on them.
What they were lacking, until recently - apart from housebuilding experience - was someone capable of running this show for them, from soup to nuts; someone with the executive experience, and the firm discipline of a quantity surveyor, someone to keep and eye on costing as well as the building.
They found her, and the attraction of the job for Jordan was that the brothers gave her complete autonomy - something she'd been wanting for decades. 
"When I left university I went straight into a job as a graduate estimator with Countryside Properties. It was a very good firm to work for. I liked it very much from 1994 to 2006, by which time I was development director: but also by then I was discovering that the higher up the corporate ladder you got the greater was the pressure. Numbers. Numbers. Numbers. And it was all taking its toll.
"Then there was a management buy-out, but I wasn't given a chance to be part of the buy-back and it made me ask, well how much do you really value me? It was all too impersonal in the corporate world."
So she quit, and set up her own consultancy. And she hasn't been tempted in the past decade to go back into employment with a plc.
She told me this with cheerful, rather than grim satisfaction.
As a consultant she was able to form an outsider's view of construction and housebuilding. It was not flattering,
"I realised I was in big demand among small and medium-sized contractors and housebuilders who were going downhill fast during the recession of 2007. I was surprised at how poor their skill base was. I'd been used to diligence at work, careful and hardworking, and there was precious little of these in the companies I advised."
Admittedly, she looked good-humoured when she spelled this out to me, but I still caught a steely note of QS in her voice.
In the village of housebuilding it was inevitable that someone with Jordan's experience would eventually be introduced to an outfit that wanted her to move in permanently. 
Messrs Storey had taken their infant housebuilding wing as far as they could, as a side line.
"Their big selling point as far as I was concerned was the complete autonomy deal. I thought it was unusual to get that - on someone else's money. 
"But when you come from QS, everything is about risk management, budgetary and control: and I took on everything, all the jobs. I'm definitely a hands-on MD.
"There were few staff already there - but they didn't really seem to understand the new standards they now had to work to. They thought I would go down to their level."
Not surprisingly, quite a lot of them decided to leave; Jordan then started building her new team.
"My first appointment was a commercial manager to head up our estimating and surveying, then came a technical manager on projects, a construction manager, office manager and land manager. I do the sales and marketing."
When I met Jordan at Milton Keynes her team was just six in the office and three onsite - enough to handle Storey Homes present programme, building mostly family homes selling at around £300,000 in Bedfordshire, Herts and Bucks. It builds one-bedroom flats and five-bedroom luxury homes too.
"We are quite flexible and we like market towns, the middle ground and what we build sells well. Next year we plan to build and sell 44 new homes and then settle down to a yearly average of about 50. But we have land to spare and this could increase."
Milton Keynes is a competitive area for housebuilders to operate in. The city celebrated its 50th anniversary the day I was there. Not much sign of bunting, but most of the leading housebuilders have been there since the beginning, and nearly everyone finds the local planners agreeable to deal with.
"The planners are fine, but there's still quite a lot of nimbyism here - among the councillors. They slow things up."
This is a fast-moving Storey worth following.
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DON YOUR WELLIES FOR TOUR OF NEW DEVELOPMENT IN HOT SPOT BEDFORD

Wed, 22nd February, 2017

For house hunters looking for an alternative location to the capital to invest in, a tour of Storey Homes latest development De Montfort Place, in Bedford, is worth investigating. According to recent figures by the Office for National Statistics homes in the commuter belt town are increasing at a rate of 16 per cent a year. So, investing now for the future at the former university site is the perfect option, especially for those who want to move away from London.

De Montfort Place comprises 152 contemporary homes ranging from one bedroom apartments to five bedroom houses, designed to appeal to first time buyers, downsizers and families alike. Building work began six months ago, at the Warwick Avenue site, and a selection of 30 homes are now available to purchase at an early stage of construction.

Potential purchasers are invited to register for two Wellies on Weekends on Saturday 4th March for apartments, and Saturday 18th March to view houses, which offers buyers the chance to walk the site and get a feel for the development.

 

Katy Jordan, Managing Director of Storey Homes comments: “Plans for this site have been in the of ng for several years so it is exciting to now see the building work come along and see such a growing interest in the development. During the first release of homes here, property was snapped up so it is exciting to be able to offer more homes to buyers off-plan.

“The wellie tour will allow buyers, who may be inexperienced in buying off-plan, to visualise the layouts and get a better idea of the space on offer. It is definitely worth seeing what space you can get for your money here, especially as property prices are on the rise.”

Sixteen homes have already been sold, with an additional 25 affordable homes being offered by housing provider, Cross Keys Homes. Five houses and 25 apartments are included for sale in the current phase, with Help to Buy available on selected plots.

The regeneration of the site will provide much needed housing for Bedford that was recently voted by online estate agents eMoov, the third hottest property market in the UK, such is the demand from house hunters, who are searching outside the capital for homes of better value.

The development is located in tranquil, tree-lined streets with a landscaped communal garden.  All apartments bene t from a high specification, open plan kitchen diners, separate utility cupboards and allocated parking.  A typical two-bedroom apartment in Harborough House includes a large open plan sitting area with bay windows, kitchen, an en suite to the master bedroom and a family bathroom.

While the outstanding four and five bedroom homes are great for families, offering plenty of space inside and out, with parking spaces for two cars outside.  

The sought-after town of Bedford offers an extensive range of retail and leisure facilities including three speciality markets. It is renowned as having one of the nest riverside settings too, where residents will be able to enjoy panoramic views of the River Great Ouse or picnic in one of the many parks and green spaces.

De Montfort also has excellent access to transport links to London, with the M1 just a few miles from home, and with Bedford train station only 11 minutes’ walk away. The train services run regularly into London St Pancras offering direct connections with a journey time of only 50 minutes. Further transport offered nearby is Luton Airport that is accessible via the M1 and A421 and is only 40 minutes’ drive by car.

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MAYOR LAYS GOLDEN BRICK FOR NEW AFFORDABLE HOMES IN BEDFORD

Thu, 27th October, 2016

Storey Homes, along with the Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson marked a milestone in the building of 25 affordable homes at De Montfort Place in Bedford on Thursday 27th October, with a "golden brick" ceremony.  The development in Warwick Avenue, will consist of 152 new homes at the former De Montfort University site.


The Mayor laid a brick to mark the completion of the foundation work at the site that will bring a selection of one and two bedroom apartments to those seeking affordable homes.  The event was also attended by Harpur Ward councillor, Colleen Atkins (MBE), senior members of Storey Homes and Cross Keys, the housing provider that will be managing the phase once complete.



The regeneration of the site will provide much needed housing for the popular area of Bedford that was recently voted by Online estate agents eMoov, the third hottest property market in the UK, such is the demand for house hunters, who are searching outside the capital for homes of better value.  This coincides with the Government's announcement that it plans to invest £3 billion to help smaller, building firms to build 25,000 homes across the UK by 2020 through the Home Building Fund (HBF).


Katy Jordan, Managing Director of Storey Homes said: "We are delighted to be joined by the Mayor of Bedford and all our guests to officially mark the start of work at De Montfort Place for our affordable housing phase.  This phase will be valuable to those families and young people who would otherwise struggle to get on the housing ladder.  The affordable homes will be delivered to an outstanding quality and add to this key strategic site, delivering greatly needed new homes for the local community. To register your interest, contact the Council on 01234 718058. Private homes are also available to buy starting at £180,000. For further details contact Storey Homes on 01582 742165.







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SMARTMOVES – A TRIED AND TESTED FORMULA

Wed, 7th September, 2016

LONDON commuters have to juggle a lot of factors when making quality-of-life judgements about where to live - not least whether a cheaper house further down the line compensates for the hassle of a longer journey into town.

 

Most families seeking the perfect combination of a manageable commute and a good-value home also want an easy school run and a quick dash to the station.

 

De Montfort Place, in Bedford, ticks these boxes. The county town is 35 minutes by train from St Pancras, at the end of the Thameslink route through the capital, and has a number of highly rated state and independent schools, plus easy access to lovely countryside. The town centre is getting a makeover too, with a new station “quarter”, department store, shops and offices overlooking the River Great Ouse. A former uni campus near the station is getting a revamp and what was a run-down neighbourhood dominated by student digs, albeit a conservation area, is now one of Bedford’s best addresses, with smart, well-priced homes in new and refurbished buildings.


A park has also been created and the area has the look and feel of a prosperous pocket of suburban Putney or Wimbledon, with solid, aspirational architecture - but the homes are far cheaper. Storey Homes, the developer, is offering a range of houses priced from £450,000 for a three-storey, four-bedroom homes. Help to Buy is available. Flats cost from £165,000. Call 01582 742165.

 

This article was first published by David Spittles in Evening Standard on 7th September 2016.

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SHOW HOME ROOM BY ROOM - LIME TREE COURT, AMPTHILL

Wed, 24th August, 2016

WhatHouse? takes a look at this chic boutique development from Storey Homes and finds out some of the style details room by room…


A new show home by Storey Homes at Lime Tree Court, Ampthill in Bedfordshire offers hotel-style living behind a secure gated development.


The Basswood makes up four terraced and semi-detached homes at Lime Tree Court and puts practicality and style at the forefront of its design.


Each home has a garage, utility room and lots of storage space on the ground floor. The first floor of each features a spacious kitchen and dining room, leading to the rear garden, a WC and separate living room leading onto a balcony, offering lots of living space, particularly for a town house.


The second floor has two master bedrooms, both with en-suites and dressing room areas and on the third floor there are two more double bedrooms, a single bedroom and a family bathroom.


The Basswood has been decorated to accentuate the ‘dramatic, hotel-inspired interior’ that, according to the Basswood’s interior designers, Killer5, homeowners are now looking for.


“Long gone are the ‘beige box’ interiors!  Today purchasers are looking for the contemporary feel you get when you walk through the entrance of a chic, boutique hotel,” explains Rebecca Pearce, design director at Killer5


“We felt the designs of the homes at Lime Tree Court needed to reflect this, providing a stylish, luxurious feel. Inspiration was taken from a colour palette of coppers and charcoals, which are very on trend at present. We wanted to create an element of drama with the darker colours to ensure the show homes stood out from the crowd.”


The living room leads through to a spacious balcony and features those strong darker colours to make a bold statement for the feature room of the house. Beautiful attention to detail is evident in the intricate, plush and detailed fixtures and fittings included in the living room. Additional living space is created by the balcony.

The contemporary, dramatic design is prominent in the master bedroom with a striking feature wall. It is generously proportioned, boasting a private dressing area and en-suite shower room. The clever design utilises space effectively and the luxurious finish enhances the sumptuous feeling the room gives.


The high specification kitchen, from renowned German kitchen company Hacker, is individually designed and fitted with integrated appliances and features a dark and light colour combination that is both modern and striking. There is lots of clever storage space to maximise the size of the kitchen.


Like all rooms in the home, the bathroom enjoys a high quality specification featuring contemporary white sanitaryware, finished with chrome fixtures and Porcelanosa floor and wall tiles. It is a beautifully designed room with slanted walls and a white ceiling to maximise space and light.


The homes are within walking distance of the town centre and in a highly sought after location, the market town of Ampthill, full of independent boutiques and many other leisure facilities and is just six miles from the M1 and 50 minutes away from St Pancras, London, on the train.


The Basswood is priced from £599,950. For further details, visit www.storey-homes.co.uk.


This article was first published by Ben Salisbury on WhatHouse? on 24th August 2016:
http://www.whathouse.com/todays-new-homes/show-home-room-by-room-lime-tree-court-ampthill/

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PLOWMAN APPOINTED TO FOCUS ON RESI BUILDS FOR STOREY

Thu, 18th August, 2016

Milton Keynes based Storey Homes has appointed Mark Plowman as its new construction manager to oversee all its residential developments.

 

Plowman, formerly of Crest Nicholson, will also help identify new land investment opportunities and oversee all sub-contractors.

 

He has worked on numerous developments over his career, working with developers such as McClean Homes East Anglia, George Wimpey, Miller Homes and Crest Nicholson where he progressed from site manager up to build manager, eventually heading up the construction department of the Chiltern region.

 

Speaking about his appointment, Plowman said: “One opportunity I am most keen to work on is to further develop our strategic partnerships with subcontractors, building our portfolio of partners and the relationships we have. I am also keen to recruit new, quality staff who can help grow our construction team.”


Storey Homes is currently constructing two developments, a 14-home gated development in the sought after town of Ampthill, Bedfordshire and a 152 multi-phased development in Bedford on the former De Montfort University site. Further planning applications are also in the pipeline across Milton Keynes.


This article was first published by PropertyWeek.com on 18th August 2016: http://www.propertyweek.com/news/plowman-appointed-to-focus-on-resi-builds-for-storey/5084676.article

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MOVING TO THE HOME COUNTIES – WHY NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO MOVE OUT OF THE CAPITAL

Tue, 17th May, 2016
Price rises may be slowing in the capital, but a look around in the Home Counties still shows much better value for money for house-hunters...

Storey Homes MD, Katy Jordan, explains why now is the best time for house-hunters to move out of the capital and into the Home Counties. With rising - but more affordable - house prices, new transport links planned and the lifestyle benefits of a home away from the hustle and bustle, there is good reason to invest in a forever home early.

“Demand across London’s outer boroughs and prime commuter belt towns continues to outperform the rest of the country, spurred by improving transport links and employment prospects, courtesy of several multi-million pound regeneration schemes across the South East and Home Counties.

“If you’re looking to escape London and want more brick for your ‘buck’, the popular market town of Bedford is a great option. Not only has it recently been heralded as the third most popular property hotspot by eMoov, prices there have been steadily rising in recent years, making it an ideal time to invest in a new home and grow your equity.

 “The town of Bedford and nearby market areas, such as Ampthill, are seeing strong demand across the marketplace, from first-time buyers to families, with stable market conditions. At Storey Homes, we have recognised the appeal of these areas for homebuyers, and we have witnessed strong interest in the region, particularly at our new development, Lime Tree Court in Ampthill. We continue to invest in the area, with another new site at the former De Montfort University in the heart of Bedford, where we are building 152 homes, offering a range of house types - ranging from one-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom homes - to suit a variety of lifestyles and budgets.

“We believe this popularity is due to better transport links and affordability. Certainly, everyone wants a fast and hassle-free commute to work. From Bedford, for example, you can get to London St Pancras within 40 minutes by train. Improving connectivity to other key centres of employment is also a real boost to the town, so we welcome the government plans for a new fast rail service between Oxford and Cambridge, stopping in neighbouring towns, including Bedford. By attracting an agile workforce to the area, companies would follow suit. Better job prospects and higher rates of employment lead to increased spending, which keeps the local economy buoyant, and means the whole community benefits from the new infrastructure.

“In our experience, our purchasers are often young, aspirational buyers who want to live in the Home Counties, who have young pre-school children and have moved out from the capital. We also see downsizers, predominately those who are moving from four to five bedroom houses with large gardens. They often still need the bedroom space but are looking for smaller plots in a new build, maintenance-free home.     

“Bedford does have a lot to offer these types of buyers, and the regeneration effect of developments like ours in the centre of the town really make their mark. Despite the volume of housebuilders constructing on the outskirts of Bedford, people still want to live in the heart of the town, close to amenities, like excellent schools and transport connections.

“Seeing such a regeneration project come to life is exciting particularly because the site in Warwick Road, has been derelict for over a decade. The vast majority of our properties will be eligible for Help to Buy so the development will provide much needed private housing, affordable housing and community benefits. It is a great example of just how important regeneration schemes are to the northern Home Counties.”  
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LUXURY HOTEL-STYLE INTERIORS AWAIT AT LIME TREE COURT

Tue, 17th May, 2016
House buyers are moving away from the traditional ‘beige’ look for their walls and opting for a more ‘dramatic, hotel-inspired interior’ according to Killer5. The interior design company is behind the impressive, luxurious decoration of Storey Homes’ gated development, Lime Tree Court, in Ampthill.

Rebecca Pearce, design director at Killer5, comments: “Long gone are the ‘beige box’ interiors! Today purchasers are looking for the contemporary feel you get when you walk through the entrance of a chic, boutique hotel. The hotel style design is more popular now as retailers continue to look to the hotel industry for inspiration for their products.

“We felt the designs of the homes at Lime Tree Court needed to reflect this, providing a stylish, luxurious feel. Inspiration was taken from a colour palette of coppers and charcoals, which are very on trend at present. We wanted to create an element of drama with the darker colours to ensure the show homes stood out from the crowd.”

When designing the show home at Lime Tree Court, an emphasis on practicality allied with style is at the forefront. Open plan kitchen / dining areas form the heart of the home, providing access to the rear garden through French doors. The living and family rooms provide a comfortable retreat. There is also a downstairs cloakroom, and a utility area which discreetly conceals the functional elements of the home. Bedrooms are generously proportioned, with the master boasting a private dressing area and en-suite shower room.

Katy Jordan, Managing Director of Storey Homes, says: “These luxurious homes offer purchasers the hotel-style living lifestyle, all set within a secure gated environment. Ampthill is a highly prized address and our development is unique in that it is located within walking distance of the town centre. The show homes’ inspirational design has already proved popular among potential purchasers. There are five homes left out of 14 within the development, so I would urge anyone who is interested to come and view the show home to avoid disappointment.”

All of the homes at Lime Tree Court enjoy a high quality specification, with individually designed kitchens fitted with integrated appliances. Stylish bathrooms feature contemporary white sanitaryware, finished with chrome fixtures and Porcelanosa floor and wall tiles.

The historic market town of Ampthill offers a plethora of leisure amenities, making the new homes ideal for family living. The bustling town offers a variety of independent boutiques, as well as Waitrose, and a weekly market. The town is ideally located for those who travel, with the M1 just six miles from home. Trains from Flitwick station, just 10 minute’s drive or a short bus ride away, offers direct connections into London St Pancras in around 50 minutes. For frequent fliers, Luton Airport just 18 miles away.

Homes at Lime Tree Court are priced from £599,950 and are available with Help to Buy. For further details, visit storey-homes.co.uk.
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MAYOR OF AMPTHILL OFFICIALLY OPENS LIME TREE COURT

Fri, 19th February, 2016
Storey Homes were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Ampthill and members of Ampthill Town Council recently to officially open the show home at their Lime Tree Court development. Lime Tree Court is a collection of 14 beautifully designed four and five bedroom town houses, set in a gated development just a moments’ walk from the town centre in the much sought-after market town of Ampthill in Bedfordshire.

After the ribbon cutting ceremony, the Mayor of Ampthill, Councillor Sue Hinkin spoke about the development, saying “I am proud to represent Ampthill and very pleased to welcome such an attractive development to the town. Ampthill is one of the jewels of Bedfordshire, steeped in history but with a thriving local community. The homes at Lime Tree Court are a tremendous asset to the town and I look forward to working with Storey Homes in the future.”

Katy Jordan, Managing Director of Storey Homes said: “From the architect’s plans through to the interior design of the show home, we knew that Lime Tree Court had to be exceptional. We believe we have delivered a collection of beautifully appointed homes that offer flexibility and style to the purchaser, in a highly desirable market town.

“Over three quarters of the homes at Lime Tree Court have now been reserved or sold. Our purchasers are varied, with first time buyers, families with young children and downsizers all attracted by the versatile living space they can really make their own.”The houses at Lime Tree Court are town houses in the truest sense of the word. The three storey homes include adaptable living space and are within walking distance to a surfeit of fantastic local amenities.

The four bedroom Linden show home, opened by the Mayor of Ampthill radiates sophistication. The flexible living accommodation allows families to spend quality time together and enjoy their home. On the ground floor the open plan kitchen / dining areas forms the heart of the home, providing access to the rear garden through French doors.

A separate utility area discreetly conceals the functional elements of the home. A family room offers a comfortable retreat and there is also a downstairs cloakroom.

On the first floor, a large stylish lounge with French doors to the balcony floods the room with natural light. The master bedroom boasts a private dressing area and en-suite shower room. Three further bedrooms and family bathroom are located on the third floor.

All of the homes at Lime Tree Court enjoy a high quality specification, with individually designed kitchens fitted with integrated appliances. Stylish bathrooms feature contemporary white sanitaryware, finished with chrome fixtures and Porcelanosa floor and wall tiles.

Every property at Lime Tree Court has either a garage or carport and allocated parking, as well as communal bicycle storage, and each has its own private rear garden, which has been sympathetically landscaped to fit in with the development's location.

Families are attracted to Ampthill’s excellent schools and Lime Tree Court really delivers, adjacent to The Firs Lower School and Alameda Middle School. Ofsted rated ‘Excellent’ Redbourne Upper School and Community College is also within walking distance from the development.

All residents benefit from the short walk into Ampthill town centre, with its regular Thursday market, thriving independent businesses and mainstays of the high street, including a Waitrose supermarket.

Near to home is Ampthill Park, 70 acres of parkland ideal for those in search of some fresh air and local history, with grounds landscaped by Capability Brown in the early 19th century. Ampthill also plays host to a range of sports, including rugby, tennis, cricket and bowls.

Ampthill is ideally located for those who travel, with the M1 just six miles from home. Trains from Flitwick station, just 10 minutes’ drive or a short bus ride away, offers direct connections into London St Pancras in around 50 minutes. For frequent fliers, Luton Airport just 18 miles away.

Prices start from £535,000 for a four bedroom town house. Help to Buy is available on selected homes. To make an appointment to view the show home at Lime Tree Court please telephone 01582 742165 or visit www.storey-homes.co.uk.
For press information, please contact Kirsty Blewer at Oracle Group
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STOREY HOMES OFFERS VARIETY AND STYLE AT LIME TREE COURT

Mon, 8th February, 2016
When buying a new home, especially an off-plan purchase, it is important to make sure you know what you’re getting for your money. With this in mind, buyers will find inspiration at Lime Tree Court in Ampthill, where housing developer Storey Homes has created a beautiful show home that demonstrates the flexible of the homes available to inspire potential purchasers.

An exclusive development of just 14 new homes, Lime Tree Court is a rare opportunity to buy in a sought after area. Located in Ampthill, an area rich in history dating back to Anglo-Saxon times, Lime Tree Court is set in the quintessential English countryside and is the perfect location for those in search of the traditional village lifestyle. With 75% of homes already sold in the first phase, it is a true indication of this exceptional opportunity to buy in Ampthill.

The brand new four and five bedroom homes are set within a secure, gated development, offering the last word in style, practicality and convenience. All properties benefit from either a garage or carport and allocated parking, as well as communal bicycle storage, and each property has its own private rear garden, which has been sympathetically landscaped to fit in with the development's location.

Speaking of the new show home, Managing Director of Storey Homes, Katy Jordan, says “What makes these homes so special is they are incredibly versatile for every stage of your life; residents will be able to start, grow and enjoy their family within this beautiful, gated community. So far we have had a variety of buyer, attracted by the flexible and diverse style of these homes. In such a charming village, the location will no doubt also make Lime Tree Court extremely popular”.

A stunning example of the homes at Lime Tree Court, the four bedroom Linden show home oozes sophistication, highlighting how a family home needn’t lack quality design. Set over three floors, the flexible living accommodation allows families to spend quality time together and permit privacy.

When designing the show home at Lime Tree Court, an emphasis on practicality allied with style is at the forefront. Open place kitchen / dining areas form the heart of the home, providing access to the rear garden through French doors. The living and family rooms provide a comfortable retreat. There is also a downstairs cloakroom, and a utility area which discreetly conceals the functional elements of the home. Bedrooms are generously proportioned, with the master boasting a private dressing area and en-suite shower room.

All of the homes at Lime Tree Court enjoy a high quality specification, with individually designed kitchens fitted with integrated appliances. Stylish bathrooms feature contemporary white sanitaryware, finished with chrome fixtures and Porcelanosa floor and wall tiles. Each property has been designed to be highly energy efficient and sustainable materials have been used in construction wherever possible.

The historic market town of Ampthill offers a plethora of leisure amenities, making the new homes ideal for family living. The bustling town offers a variety of independent boutiques, as well as Waitrose, and a weekly market. Evening entertainment is catered for in the form of several bars, restaurants and eateries, while a little further from home the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes offer a more extensive range of retail and leisure opportunities.

For outdoor pursuits, the town plays host to a range of sports, including rugby, tennis, cricket and bowls. Ampthill Park’s 70 acres are ideal for those in search of some fresh air, and Woburn Safari Park and Centre Parcs are also close by for family entertainment.

Lime Tree Court is perfectly positioned near a great selection of Ofsted rated Good schools, such as The Firs and Russell Lower Schools, while adjacent to the development is Alameda Middle School. Redbourne College, an Outstanding higher education facility, is a short walk away. Nearby Bedford boasts even more schooling options including a range of independent schools.

Ampthill is ideally located for those who travel, with the M1 just six miles from home. Trains from Flitwick station, just 10 minutes’ drive or a short bus ride away, offers direct connections into London St Pancras in around 50 minutes. For frequent fliers, Luton Airport just 18 miles away.
For press information, please contact Kirsty Blewer at Oracle Group
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IN CHARGE OF ALL SHE SURVEYS – KATY JORDAN TELLS HER PROPERTY STORY

Mon, 1st February, 2016

Historically, board rooms and building sites are not known for being particularly female friendly. According to the Office of National Statistics, women make up only 11% of the construction workforce. But with an increasing number of construction companies supporting women in the industry a small cultural revolution is beginning.

 

And as Katy Jordan, Managing Director of Milton Keynes-based house builder Storey Homes will testify, women in property and construction are really making an impact and beginning to change the established face of the property world.

 

Katy is no exception. Qualifying as a quantity surveyor in the early 90’s, she went straight to work for Essex-based Countryside as an Estimator. Progressing through the company, Katy was promoted to development and then land manager. After 11 years with Countryside, Katy left as a board member of the London & Thames Gateway Ltd managing £100,000,000 of construction expenditure.

 

Following a number of years working in property development and as a development management consultant Katy, was invited to join the board of a small house builder as Land and Development Director in 2011.


In January 2015, Katy was appointed managing director of family-owned Storey Homes. She has been tasked with pushing the company’s growth strategy and rolling out the firms’ largest scheme, 152 homes in Warwick Road, in the centre of Bedford.

 

So after a year in the role, what is it that Katy wants to achieve for Storey Homes? Her answer is definitive. “To be the best developer in the region.”


“We are passionate about creating unique developments where people what to live. Because we are a smaller house builder, we can spend that extra time with our customers and deliver a unique home they will appreciate and treasure.

 

“Our buyers are attracted to living somewhere that is brand new, that no one’s ever lived in before. We have a duty to deliver a product and experience that lives up to people’s expectations.”

 

At the moment Storey Homes is building at two sites, a development of 14 town houses in Ampthill and 152 residential units in Bedford, their largest development yet. Ampthill is a unique development of private homes in a gated community, within walking distance of the town centre and close to excellent schools.  Buyer’s confidence in the market is translating into sales - " nearly half the properties have sold off plan without a show home.


The Bedford scheme is on the former De Montfort University site in the town centre, with a range of homes to suit a variety of prices points. The next phase of homes is due to launch in the spring, with completions set for the end of the year. All the homes in Bedford will be available with Help to Buy, which Katy says has been a real incentive for buyers, in particular local people.

 

Storey Homes might be one of the smaller housebuilding in the market, but the company, under Katy’s leadership has big aspirations. It has a substantial land portfolio that it is looking to promote, as well as new sites and opportunities for growth.

 

Explaining the company’s approach to growth Katy says: “We take a twin-track approach when assessing new sites. We strategically purchase sites in areas where we can see growth, but also that we would want to live in ourselves. This gives us a unique perspective, keeping our purchaser’s aspirations at the forefront of our growth plans.”

 

With Katy’s tenacity, customer focus and strong track record in development Storey Homes’ 2016 is already looking like it will be extremely successful.

For press information, please contact Kirsty Blewer at Oracle Group
Tel: 020 8394 2821 or Email kirsty@oraclepr.co.uk