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Town's Largest Residential Development for a Decade Bucks Trend
Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012
Town's Largest Residential Development for a Decade Bucks Trend
Richmond’s largest residential development for a decade secured two sales in its first two weeks on the market, appearing to buck the national housing picture.

Offered by local estate agent, Norman F Brown, Green Howards Drive occupies an elevated position on Green Howards Road overlooking the town. Alongside 20 new-build homes, a historic cottage hospital is being converted into two further dwellings on the site of the former Highways Agency depot.

Construction is well underway on the collection of individually-designed three, four and five-bedroomed houses by Yorkshire developer, Wharfedale Homes, with the first completions expected in July. All are being built using local materials, including natural stone from Leyburn quarry, and feature photovoltaic panels to provide cheap and sustainable electricity.

The old cottage hospital is a focal point for the development. It bears the date 1876 and a dedication to the memory of James Brown Lister, formerly James Brown Simpson who died in 1871. It was thought to have been erected by his mother but little is known beyond that and the developer is keen to hear from anyone with more detail about this little-known piece of Richmond history.

In an unusual coincidence, it is believed that the hospital’s James Brown Lister is an ancestor of the development’s estate agent, Norman Brown, who is showcasing the homes at his Queen’s Road office in the town.

Explaining the early reservations at the development, Norman Brown, said: “Richmond remains a really desirable location and this is a high-quality development with semi-detached, terraced and detached houses of variable sizes so it has appealed to a broad range of people who want a new, sustainable home in the town. I’m really pleased at the response in the current market, which is testament to the design, attention to detail and affordability of this build,” he said.

Michael Brown, one of the partners at Wharfedale Homes, is delighted with the early interest the development has attracted: “We knew that this site would suit our ethos – we look to create attractive, design-led schemes in great locations and we specialise in conservation areas. But even we’ve been pleasantly surprised by the level of interest in the current climate. I think it’s down to the combination of the location – with good facilities and schooling on the doorstep – the quality of the homes and the energy efficiency that should mean cheaper bills forever,” he said.

Prices start at £175,000 with two of the homes having local occupancy restrictions. More details are available from Norman F Brown on 01748 822473 or www.normanfbrown.co.uk

Photo: A welcome boost to the housing market. Norman (left) and James Brown (right) from Norman F Brown Estate Agents join Michael Brown, one of the partners at Wharfedale Homes, outside some of the new homes being built at Green Howards Drive in Richmond.

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