Home ownership a dream come true for teenager

New homes in Longtown are being snapped up by local residents, including 19-year old Sophie Jackson.

Home ownership may seem like a pipedream to many young people, but a 19-year old from Hethersgill has made her property dreams a reality thanks to a new housing development in Longtown.

Penrith-based housing developer Gleeson Homes opened its Briar Lea Park development off Brampton Road in September 2018, with local residents quickly snapping up new build two, three and four bedroom semi and detached homes.

Sophie Jackson recently completed on her first property after moving out of her mother’s village home to be closer to work. Initially believing a new build home to be out of her price range, Miss Jackson was surprised to discover that she could actually afford a three-bedroom semi-detached property after attending one of the developer’s Mortgage Clinic events.

“The mortgage clinic actually helped a lot! I was able to ask a lot of questions and was absolutely delighted when they said that a three-bedroom home would be within my budget”, said Miss Jackson. “The development is close to my workplace and is also within walking distance of a few shops. It’s quite rural, but also close to Longtown, which is where I wanted to base myself after moving from Hethersgill. As I am only 19, I wanted a new build property, so I could just move in and not worry about doing any DIY or renovation work. It was a bit of blank canvas when I first moved in, but it is nice and homely now. I was also able to choose my kitchen, which I just love!”

Andrew Patmore, Operations Director at Gleeson Homes, is delighted that the company is enabling young people to purchase their first home. “We are wholly committed to building affordable homes and buyers are often surprised to discover mortgage repayments are often lower than local rent levels”, said Mr Patmore. “Combined with buying schemes, such as the Government-backed Help to Buy scheme, our homes can be afforded by even the youngest of buyers”.

MJ Gleeson has been voted the most sustainable company in the UK due to the housebuilder’s use of environmentally friendly materials such as gravel driveways, commitment to the Living Wage and working closely with local communities in which they build through their Community Matters scheme.

Mr Patmore continues, “In addition to helping first-time buyers get on the property ladder, we are also dedicated to making a difference in the community.  We provide job opportunities for local people and subcontractors, offer apprenticeship schemes and provide sponsorship for local junior sports teams”.

If you have a junior sports team in need of sponsorship or would like further details on the Apprenticeship Scheme, Gleeson would love to hear from you!

Find out more about Briar Lea Park or our Community Matters Programme.