Inquiries pour in for homes at Crowland

Work has started on The Roostings at Crowland and potential buyers are queuing up.
Work has started on The Roostings at Crowland and potential buyers are queuing up.
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Between 60 and 80 potential buyers have inquired about 50 new-build homes at Crowland before the first brick has even been laid.

Diggers moved on site last week to begin work on land off Peterborough Road near its junction with James Road.

I have got between 60 to 80 people to speak to once we have a release on prices. There’s a lot of interest.

Nathan Marshall

It will take about 18 months to complete the whole project, but the phone at Ashwood Homes – a division of Holbeach-based Ashley King Developments – has been red hot.

Ashwood Homes sales manager Nathan Marshall said: “I have got between 60 to 80 people to speak to once we have a release on prices. There’s a lot of interest.

“Certainly my experience of the current housing market is that there is a massive lack of resale properties coming to the market – and it’s not just local, it’s nationwide.”

Mr Marshall said there is strong demand from people wanting to buy, whether they are relocating or just getting onto the housing ladder.

“Mortgages are still cheap to obtain and they have become easier to obtain,” he said.

The Crowland development will have a mix of two and three-bedroom properties.

The development has been called The Roostings after a pupil at the town primary school won a competition to name it.

Two streets will have bird names – Goldcrest Road and Sandpiper Close – while the third will be named St Vincent Close.

There will be some affordable homes included, but the number has yet to be finalised.

The company is poised to start work in July on 37 new homes in Backgate, Cowbit, and inquiries are already coming in on those.

Mr Marshall said: “There are people who are genuinely interested and, once again, I am sure that will sell out pretty quick.”

l When councillors passed the Crowland site plans in December, developer Ashley King said: “The new homes will address housing needs and the difficulties facing first-time buyers and young families by providing stylish, energy-efficient homes at an affordable price.”

“The design of the development has been driven by a desire to produce a high-quality residential development which pays respect to the local context and will be an integral part of Crowland for years to come.”