This week our Bishops Castle branch has announced the launch of a development of 12 brand new houses at Ox Leasow in Bishops Castle which will be available to buy under a shared ownership scheme.

The new houses are part of a development of 24 properties built on the edge of the picturesque market town. Working with the South Shropshire Housing Association the new scheme is designed to provide a boost for local people looking to get on the housing ladder with half of the site being let by the Housing Association and the remaining site being offered for sale through Halls.

David Bryan-Jones, Branch Manager of Halls Bishops Castle branch, said he expects demand to be strong. “Interested parties must be able to demonstrate a connection to Bishops Castle and to have a housing need in the town so directly benefiting people who need to live and work here.

“Shared ownership doesn’t mean buying a house with your flatmates, it means you own a share of your home and the Housing Association owns the rest. You always have the option to increase the proportion you own and, when you go on to sell it, you will be entitled to the value of your stake. Shares are available from between 25% and 75% of the valuation price, which is £195,000 for the 3 bed homes and £179,000 for the 2 bed homes.  This means purchase prices start from just £44,750 for a 25% share.

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“Each of the houses will be built to exacting standards by the building contractors, Harpers, and will be extremely energy efficient with air source central heating, double glazing and excellent insulation qualities meaning their running costs are affordable too.  Both 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom houses will have a well fitted, quality kitchen, living room with patio doors to the rear garden, fitted bathroom to the first floor and separate WC and storage to the ground floor.  Outside will be front and rear gardens and off road parking.

“Shared ownership will be subject to rent, service charge and insurance fee, the monthly amount of which will be subject to the size of the shareholding.”

Anyone interested in applying for a property should contact our Bishops Castle office in the first instance for a copy of the brochure and to arrange viewings, which are strictly by appointment only complying with the building site health and safety rules. 

Applicants who then wish to proceed will be considered in detail by Connexus Housing Association. Maggie Davies of Connexus commented: “Once the potential buyers have gathered the information they need about the site from Halls, and have decided they want to go ahead, they will need to be registered with Shropshire HomePoint as well as Candidates will also be asked to apply for the maximum mortgage they can get with a cap at 80%. We’ll be there throughout the process to supply the relevant paperwork and answer questions, and as soon as the application has been verified potential buyers will be able to choose a plot and reserve it for £250.”

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The houses are expected to be available to move in from early July. 

For more information please contact David Bryan Jones on 01588 638755

or Maggie Davies on 0333 231 3233  ext 3457



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