We both have the opportunity to work flexibly, which allows us to fulfill our joint desire to travel.
The Cotswolds is one of our favourite places to visit, and we’ve made the decision that we want to cement this by laying down roots in the UK – one of our favourite travel destinations!
The fast-paced lifestyle that we have day-to-day brings its challenges, and we were on the lookout for our own little retreat in a country we love that allows us to relax, experience a different climate more regularly and live in the Cotswolds, an area of real beauty. We even like the idea of cooler temperatures!
We plan to visit Moreton Edge a few times a year and provide our families with the chance to stay with us and form their own attachment with one of England’s most picturesque spots.
We visited the area last autumn and were blown away by the natural beauty and authenticity of the historic towns, public footpaths and farms – and matching that with our interest in furthering ourselves as people and acquiring our dream home abroad that met all of our criteria led us to Moreton-in-Marsh.
It’s also handy that it is super easy to get to by rail from Gatwick and London Heathrow airports, which is where we fly into on arrival in the country. Naturally, as soon as we land, we would like to be at our home as soon as possible – and we can be opening our front door a little after two hours after we arrive on British soil, which is great! Our train from Paddington Station arrives into Moreton-in-Marsh and we are at Moreton Edge just minutes after.
Quality of the build?
We made our first visit to Moreton Edge in May and were really impressed by the setup of our home, as well as the quality of delivery. Everything was as we hoped and we instantly felt comfortable.
The house has been set up for needs, and the efficiency of the house is also a great bonus.
Experience with Deeley Homes so far?
We weren’t sure what to expect going out of our comfort zone and buying a home in a country on the other side of the Atlantic, but Deeley Homes have made the process convenient for us and each stage of the process has been undertaken with minimal difficulty, which we’ve appreciated.
One thing that’s stood out for us is the professionalism of the business, right through from receiving the brochure to arriving at Moreton Edge to seeing our home for the first time.
We’d researched both Deeley Homes and Oliver Knight Homes before embarking on the house buying journey again, and were reassured by feedback we saw, both through photos and feedback from others who’ve bought homes.
We put our faith in them to turn our vision into reality, as being based in the US has meant we’ve been unable to play a hands-on role. We’re very happy with the job they’ve done for us.
We’re already looking forward to our next trip in September, where we will be spending an extended period of time in our treasured home. We’ll then be returning in mid-November. This is the next step for us, and we’re excited to make some new memories!
The law change has brought about changes to Part F (Ventilation) and Part L (Conservation of fuel and power), as well as the introduction of Part O (Overheating) and Part S (Infrastructure for the charging of electric vehicles).
It’s important to reiterate that as an industry leader, we’ve been aware of likely changes and have been continually seeking advice from energy and sustainability assessors, and monitoring the government’s movements in anticipation of these amendments to ensure we’re as prepared as we can be.
We have developed an in-depth understanding of what the new Part L regulations mean for our future homes
How will each new element of the new regulations enhance the service being delivered for each of our partners and, resultantly, the homebuyers that get their dream home through our services?
We’re going to strip it down piece by piece!
Part O relates to overheating, which is something we have considered on projects already, especially where there are restrictions on opening windows and doors due to noise levels imposed by unique circumstances such as adjacent roads and railways.
Compliance with this will therefore be reviewed at the same time as the thermal analysis is undertaken for each build, complying with Part L to ensure we are creating comfortable environments that can be managed effectively by our clients once our work is done. With this in mind, Part O will also require us to look at the number of glazed areas in comparison to the room sizes as well as the orientation and shading of the building elevations.
Part F relates to ventilation of the properties, and bearing in mind the air tightness that we are achieving to comply with Part L, this ensures that each new home we create is well ventilated through innovative mechanical technology.
Part S now calls for us to implement suitable infrastructure to accommodate electric vehicle car charging for all of the dwellings. We’re ahead of the curve here already, as this is something that we were providing under the previous Low Emission Strategies, a requirement within various local authority planning policies.
We have assisted clients such as Housing 21 making their new homes ‘fossil fuel free’ and will continue to develop the design of future facilities
Why are the Part L regulations of particular importance to Deeley Homes?
Focusing on the here and now, the new Part L regulation places an emphasis on the fabric of the buildings and air tightness solutions, which creates a completely sustainable and healthy environment that’s easily controlled.
From a Deeley Homes perspective, this will fully support the house associations, purchasers and tenants that we work with as partners, providing them with better control of their dwellings, allowing them to be more energy efficient and therefore more cost effective, which, especially noting the current climate, is incredibly useful.
In anticipation of an altered on-site homebuilding process, Deeley Homes has instigated numerous workshops and information events to ensure employees across the business are aware of these changes, as well as spending time and money on having ‘out of the box’ strategies in place for achieving compliance with the main Part L for both affordable and market sales houses.
We recognise that the homes we build will be guided by the new regulations, and this places a requirement on ourselves to control the quality of the building activities on site, with increased energy efficiency at the forefront of our work.
Deeley Homes will help manage this by implementing software to assist managers in the checking and signing off process and making sure any remedial and rectification works are undertaken before works progress onto the next stage of the build.
Looking ahead to Part L and the future of Deeley Homes
As part of the review into compliance to the new Part L, undertaken by Deeley Homes, we’re continually considering our work from a practical and cost basis for our clients.
Our focus is on making sure we provide homes that comply with the new Future Homes Standard, thus ensuring we are prepared for the next stage – which is houses becoming more energy efficient and reducing demand for natural resources.
For us, our job is to use our expertise to create homes that are accessible to every prospective homeowner. That, after 85 years of home creation, is the modern Deeley way.
This will be the final phase of the regeneration of the old Sydenham Industrial Estate, following Deeley Homes’ £29 million conversion of the former Soans’ motor dealership site into an initial 147 homes in 2018.
The 11,901 sq ft development, which will be accessed by Ramsey Road, will be a mix of one bedroom and two-bedroom for social rent and shared ownership with two- and three-bedroom market sale homes.
40% of the properties at the site will be affordable homes, with work set to begin in late summer and completion expected to be in early 2023.
The developers will be making contributions to improve sustainable travel measures, local green spaces and sports centre improvements in the local area.
Eleanor Deeley, Joint Managing Director of Deeley Group, said: “With the lack of supply a real concern for prospective homeowners across the country, we’re delighted to bring another round of homes to the market, including six affordable properties.”
“With people’s finances stretched to the limit due to a combination of factors, affordable housing is incredibly important – for first-time buyers, small families and those looking to downsize alike. As such, we’re pleased to once again be bringing new homes to Leamington.”
“It was important to us to reaffirm the commitment we first made to the local area in 2018 as part of our regeneration of the old Sydenham Industrial Estate, and we will be making improvements to key local infrastructure once again, as the fifteen new homes are brought to fruition.
“This sought-after location has excellent travel links to nearby towns and cities, as well as a range of desirable amenities and schooling options. We’re really looking forward to getting the build started and then showcasing the homes to interested parties upon completion.”
What attracted you to the home and Moreton Edge initially?
We found this development online and we were looking for the Moreton-in-Marsh area generally. At the time, all of the properties had been reserved, so we put our names down on the waiting list.
We didn’t expect we would get the offer of a plot, but Oliver Knight said it would be still worth us registering our interest.
It was June when Oliver contacted us and told us that one had become available.
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We jumped at the chance. To end up being the first people in was a real surprise.
We came from Beverley in Yorkshire, which is lovely but we, wanted a complete change. Mike had just retired, neither of us driving at the moment, so we wanted to come to a place where we had easy access to services.
Moreton-in-Marsh runs a bus service to surrounding villages. We are also close to Oxford and also 90 minutes from London Paddington on the train and there is a lovely high street full of all the shops you need. It’s also an area of outstanding natural beauty, so we have easy access to a lot of walks in the countryside – we’re surrounded by footpaths and routes.
Quality of the build?
We had a four-bedroom house before and we weren’t particularly looking for something of the same size. The three bedroom specification we saw was ideal, the dimensions of the room were big, and to us it seemed to work perfectly.
The house has a high-quality finish – we knew that was going to be the case from the moment we saw the brochure.
We came down to Moreton-in-Marsh in April 2021, because that was the earliest we could travel due to lockdown. It was a lovely week and we stayed in a cottage on the main street. We looked at the development from the outside and thought it looked really good.
It’s in a good location, and the Cotswold stone build is fantastic. It fits in ideally to town.
This is a lovely small development and we’re of the opinion there will be a great community here.
We love the house and we’re really very happy with it. The landscape is what we particularly wanted and our garden has a gorgeous view.
Hospital Road is a lovely road with a really nice mixture of properties on it, but the way Deeley has done the build with the tiles and Cotswold stone means it fits in perfectly.
We hope to be here for the long-term and feel really settled here.
Experience with Deeley Homes?
Deeley Homes tried to get the house ready for us as soon as they could. We had been living temporarily in an Air BnB for two months, after selling our existing house.
We expected there may be a few problems as it’s a building site and we would be the first ones in occupation, but the builders have been good. There are a few things which still need finishing but we understand that will take time, but it doesn’t stop us enjoying the house.
With Deeley Homes being a smaller developer that has made a big difference. Before we moved in we had correspondence with both Eleanor Deeley and Dean Weldon and found them both fine to work with.
It was even down to things like keeping the heating on for when we moved in and the welcome on arrival, little touches that make a big difference.
It sees the companies, which are headquartered under a mile away from each other, work together for the first time since Deeley Construction built Burbidge & Son’s distribution centre a decade ago.
Moreton Edge is a development of 16 new homes, ranging from two-bedroom cottages to a three-storey, five-bedroom home, all built around a private garden and green space.
Kitchen Makers’ kitchens are all handmade made locally in Coventry and the first of the kitchens has now been installed at Moreton Edge.
The high-specification kitchens are made with solid wood and will be hand-painted one of 16 different tints and hues by request of the home owner – giving each home a distinct identity.
Eleanor Deeley, joint managing director at the Deeley Group, said: “Burbidge & Son is a highly-respected name and their Kitchen Makers brand slots in perfectly with the bespoke nature of our Moreton Edge development.
“Burbidge & Son is a company that is steeped in history and holds many of the same values as Deeley Group.
“It makes it even better that the company is based a stone’s throw away from our headquarters in Coventry and this is a great example of two local companies working together to deliver on a project.”
Ben Burbidge, managing director at Burbidge & Son, added: “We’re delighted to be working with Deeley Homes to introduce our Kitchen Makers’ products into the wonderful new development at Moreton-in-Marsh.
“In the past, we had been the client in the relationship between Burbidge and Deeley, but that has now flipped and we are now doing work for them.
“While our core business is selling kitchens through independent retailers, we have been expanding our offer when it comes to new-build developments.
“The first kitchen is now installed and it looks great. We have been in talks with a number of the buyers at the development about their kitchens and look forward to working with them more closely to create the perfect kitchen for their home at Moreton Edge.”
Moreton Edge is being marketed by Oliver Knight New Homes.
For more information on the development and remaining properties visit www.deeley.co.uk/homes/our-developments/moreton-edge/
To find out more about Kitchen Makers visit www.burbidgekitchenmakers.co.uk
PICTURE CAPTION: Eleanor Deeley and Ben Burbidge at Moreton Edge, Moreton-in-Marsh.
Robert Wright Drive can be found on a new housing scheme in Wyken being delivered by Deeley Group’s Affordable Living division.
The development is being delivered in partnership with housing provider Stonewater and will see the construction of 39 affordable new homes on Tiverton Road.
Robert was born in Hillfields in 1951 and ordained as Roman Catholic Priest in 1977. He served in Bicester, Nuneaton, Redditch and as Chaplain to the West Indian community in Birmingham, before returning to his home city of Coventry as Parish Priest of St John Fisher in Wyken in 1995.
In his time at St John Fisher he ministered at St John Fisher and St Gregory primary schools and worked closely with children at Cardinal Wiseman School, as part of his work with the Romero Academy.
He was a lifelong Coventry City fan and a season ticket holder for many years, attending home games when his parish commitments would allow. He ensured the church played a key role in the community and the church was a caring, inclusive and supportive place to worship and learn.
Liz Carr, Robert’s sister and a former teacher at St Augustine’s School, said: “We were delighted to hear that a road was being named after Rob, especially given its proximity to St. John Fisher‘s Church, his home for 25 years.
“He spent many happy years there, serving his parish and the local community, devoting his life to his ministry.
“He was especially happy given that Coventry was his home town, and being a lifelong supporter of Coventry City, he could easily make the home games and get back for Saturday evening mass.
“Whilst he would have been embarrassed at the thought of a road being named after him, his family and friends are really proud, as it is testimony to his hard work and commitment, and the regard he is held in, by all those who knew him.”
Peter Deeley, managing director of Deeley Group, added: “We have been working in the community here in Wyken for many years and for the last quarter of a century Father Bob has been right at the heart of that community.
“It is fitting and rightful honour for a great man who had such a profound impact on those he met and supported during his life. We hope that he would be supportive of our development at Tiverton Road and the creation of new affordable homes for the community which held him in such high regard.”
The new development at Tiverton Road will comprise of 23 affordable rented and 16 shared ownership properties, which will be a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes.
Matt Crucefix, Director of Development (South and West) at Stonewater, said: “Building new homes should be centred around tackling local housing demand, whilst also enabling new residents to embed themselves within the existing community and its history.
“Naming one of the development’s roads after this highly respected individual is not only a great way to continue celebrating his work in the area but also presents an exciting opportunity for community building with both new and existing residents.”
Eleanor Deeley, deputy managing director of Midlands-based developer the Deeley Group, has optioned on a 4.5 acre site in Long Itchington, with Lucy Quibell (née Holt), director of Holt Property, acting on behalf of the landowner.
The deal continues a rich history of the Deeley and Holt family names working together.
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Eleanor’s grandfather, George Deeley, set up business in Coventry in 1936 and one year later Lucy’s grandfather Clifford Holt set up a property business in the Midlands.
A partnership developed and was carried into the next generation with Peter Deeley and David Holt working together on a range of deals across Coventry – including the establishment of the successful Binley Business Park.
Eleanor and Lucy were friends as young children and have gone from playing childhood games together to completing strategic land deals – with this first deal expected to be the start of a fruitful professional relationship, continuing the generations of doing business together.
The deal signals Deeley Group’s intention to expand its already extensive land holdings and develop the footprint of its strategic land team.
Eleanor Deeley said: “Deeley and Holt are trusted and respected names, steeped in the history of the Midlands property industry and our families have been partners on a wide range of projects over the last 85 years.
“For generations we have been doing business together and I’m delighted to be strengthening and continuing that partnership.
“We will be working closely together as Deeley Group looks to bring forward much-needed new homes for the local area on the 4.5 acre site.”
Holt Property is a specialist strategic land and property development agency based in Warwickshire.
The company is currently helping to deliver over 1,500 homes on allocated sites and over 600,000 square feet of allocated employment land and is also advising on a large number of strategic land sites which are being promoted though the planning system.
Lucy Quibell added: “Eleanor and I are the third generation of established property professional Holts and Deeleys, working on providing new homes and employment sites across Warwickshire and the West Midlands, and it is great that we are building on the relationship established by our grandfathers over 80 years’ ago.
“This is a strong site in a wonderful Warwickshire village and Holt Property look forward to working with Deeley Group on bringing it forward for development and working together on future projects.”
PICTURE CAPTION: Eleanor Deeley and Lucy Quibell at the Long Itchington site.
Stonemarket has agreed a five-year lease for 2,000 sq ft of first floor offices at George House on Coventry Business Park with owners the Deeley Group.
Bromwich Hardy partner Michelle Mills, who acted for Deeley, said the deal showed the continued resilience of the office market in the wake of the pandemic and the growing strength of Coventry as a target business location.
“Despite all the reports throughout the pandemic predicting the demise of the office, there is still plenty of demand for the right building in the right location.
“These offices at George House are a clear case in point. They have been developed to the highest standards, are superbly located on Herald Avenue on Coventry Business Park and boast excellent road, rail and air links close to hand as well as an established, respected landlord.
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“New research has shown Coventry is – and will be – the sixth fastest growing city in Europe between 2020 and 2025 and we are certainly seeing evidence to back this up. It is becoming a magnet for ambitious companies who want to reflect their own ambitions by being located in a region with real dynamism and vitality.”
Michelle said a 6,000 sq ft ground floor suite at George House was also available to let for around £106,000 a year– with interest already strong.
This is a self-contained suite with its own entrance and comes with two meeting rooms, fully fitted kitchen and break out area, 30 parking spaces and impressive green credentials including solar generated electricity and a ground source heat pump.
“It has everything that a modern, ambitious and forward-thinking company could need.”
Nick Sharpe, managing director of Stonemarket said: “George House is a great location for our team, giving them a modern office to work from and hold meetings.”
Eleanor Deeley, deputy managing director of The Deeley Group, said: “We are delighted that Stonemarket has selected George House for its relocation; this move reinforces our belief in well located, sustainable and flexible office space.”
For more details of the ground floor offices and Bromwich Hardy visit www.bromwichhardy.com
The Deeley Group has become a highly successful construction and property development company working on a wide range of projects across the UK.