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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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House-hunters move in fast as new developments hold open days

New housing developments in West Cumbria are proving to be a hit with customers.

People are queuing up to buy new-build homes and are putting their names down before they have even been built.

Work has only just started on Whins Farm Close at Harrington in Workington by Story Homes.

By the end of its two-day launch at the Hunday Manor Hotel at Winscales, 150 people had attended and eight properties had already been sold for the development, off Main Road.

Matthew Pearson, 38, and Marie Rudd, 33, of Cockermouth, were the first couple through the doors.

They went on to become the estate’s first buyers, putting down their names for a three-bedroom semi-detached home they selected from the site plan.

The pair, who both work for supermarket Aldi, have been renting a home while they save up for a deposit on a mortgage.

Matthew said: “We had been saving for a while and when we heard about the development in High Harrington we decided to come down and find out more.

“We had already visited some Story Homes show homes elsewhere in Cumbria to get a feel for what we were going to get.

“The new development is handy for both of us to commute to work and the house is perfect for us.”

Also celebrating at the launch were Ryan Close and Melissa Davidson, who have also reserved a three-bedroom semi-detached house.

Ryan, 26, works for WYG in Cockermouth and is due to graduate as a building surveyor next summer.

Melissa, 23, has just qualified as a registered nurse and works at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

The couple, who have been renting a home on Udale Court, Workington, wanted to buy within commuting distance for them both and opted for new-build to benefit from a government scheme to help first-time buyers.

Melissa said: “We are both newly qualified and wanted a place of our own. We like the area of High Harrington and it is right in the middle for us both.”

Ryan added: “We’re ecstatic. Seeing the house go up, from a professional point of view, is quite exciting for me. I want to see it grow from roots all the way to completion. I think Melissa’s just excited about picking a kitchen.”

Both couples are due to move into their new homes next year.

Fifteen people were queuing by the time the two-day launch event opened at Hunday Manor, Winscales, last Thursday.

Its sales cabin will open on Thursday.

Meanwhile, more than 200 people visited the Scholars Green development, on the site of Distington’s former junior school, at its two-day launch.

Developer John Swift Homes opened its show home for the first time.

A spokeswoman said two people had waited outside for 40 minutes before the doors opened.

Work is continuing on the 14-bungalow estate and the spokeswoman added that the firm had received many enquiries.

It has drawn up a waiting list and plans to keep in contact with potential buyers and sell to those who are in a position to buy first.

She added: “That seems to be the most ethical approach rather than tying people in with big deposits which they could lose if they are not able to sell in time.

“A lot of people from Distington viewed the development over the weekend and we were pleased to receive their positive feedback and approval. The company has kept the school’s clock tower as part of the development for the village.

“The clock tower is a key historic landmark for the village and we wanted to ensure that our new development enhanced this landmark over time.”

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