Cheshire-based Harvey Homes is bucking current trends in the coronavirus-affected property industry and strengthening its offering across the North West region.
The bespoke developer’s maiden site, Swan Green in Knutsford, has a GDV of £15 million and 50% of all homes there have now been purchased or reserved, with several having been reserved since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Construction in Knutsford has also restarted today (Monday, 4th May), with appropriate public health measures being adopted.
Harvey Homes is also refusing to let coronavirus stand in the way of future projects and has two more sites currently waiting for planning permission, and several more potential new sites being surveyed and earmarked for development.
The management team at Harvey Homes is made up of many industry experts including Mike Kennedy, Paul Burgess and Stewart Chance. Mike Kennedy has more than 30 years’ experience in the residential property market, having previously been the managing director of Hillcrest Homes. He has weathered property storms before and is determined to ensure that Harvey Homes emerges unscathed from the coronavirus cloud.
The team is backed by its funding partner Together which provided a £7million finance package for the Knutsford development and continues to work with closely with the team.
Enquiries have been received for the largest four and five-bedroom houses, as well as the nine affordable homes at the site. All but one of these have now been reserved.
The latest family to reserve a property at Swan Green is the Gorton family who commented that: “We were first attracted to the homes at Swan Green due to the area and the beautiful show home and we wanted to be closer to Lower Peover Primary School for our two young children. We are all very excited to move into our new home and are hoping that it will be sooner rather than later!”
Director of Harvey Homes, Tom Ratcliffe (who co-founded the business with his father, Nick Ratcliffe in 2018), said: “We are determined to build a better tomorrow for families across the North West and we have worked hard to ensure that the business remains operational despite the coronavirus crisis.
“The government has made it very clear how important the construction sector is for the country’s economy and we want to support this as much as we can. This includes the development of affordable houses which we are particularly supportive of – we believe that all families deserve high quality and beautiful homes.
“We are very fortunate to have the support of privately-owned bank Together who continue to support our pipeline development supply.”
Although the show home is currently closed due to coronavirus social distancing measures, the team were quick to create a virtual tour of the property to ensure that potential buyers could still get a feel for the quality of the building work and finish. This approach has worked, with the team receiving strong enquiries on a daily basis.
All the homes at Swan Green, including the affordable housing units, offer generous bedroom sizes as well as large living spaces where families can come together to dine, cook and relax. It is this design that has attracted so many people to our development already.
The 30 homes at Swan Green range from two-bedroom mews and semi-detached homes to four and five-bedroom detached houses.