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First it was the planning stage, followed by the debate: what was going to be built next to the school and what would be its impact?  Permission was granted, the boards went up and, to widespread concern, the roadside trees and hedging were uprooted. Now, that is all history.

Building work is well under way in Shipton.  This is Deanfield Homes’ latest development, Deanfield Grange, and already there has been a significant level of interest from people looking for high quality new homes.

Deanfield Grange will feature a selection of three, four and five bedroom family homes, built, we hope, in a style that will blend in with the village.  They are planned and built with the needs of twenty first century families in mind. The Wychwoods are a popular location for housing so there is every reason to think that demand will be high.

Every new development boasts of its properties and their facilities; adverts contain mention of designer kitchens, integrated appliances, an energy efficient heating system and even, would you believe it, ‘high ceilings,’ rather begging the comment that nobody would choose low ceilings.  It is difficult to separate the facts from the blarney but Deanfield Homes take pride in their other local developments, Deanfield Grove in Tackley and Deanfield Meadow in Ducklington.

The show home is due to be open for viewing in the Autumn but meanwhile, locals watch the progression of barrier boards being erected, layers of brickwork rising skywards and a trail of muddy bootprints stretching from the site to St.Michael’s Stores which is presumably benefitting from the extra trade, even if their floor may never be the same again.  Speaking of benefits, the school will certainly appreciate the parking area that is being incorporated into the works; but will this be the end of strings of cars parked on the road at ‘home time’? Don’t, as they say, hold your breath!

Help to Buy is available on homes at Deanfield Grange up to £600,000. The Government backed scheme is available to first time buyers and existing home owners who are looking to buy a new build property. Details of this scheme are not fit content for a family magazine as the editors are not attempting to lull readers to sleep but no doubt they will make fascinating reading for those who need to know them.

Once the homes are complete, the planting done and the new residents move in, time will tell whether the fears of the diehards will be realised or whether Shipton will have gained an asset to its community.

To register your interest please visit www.deanfieldhomes.co.uk or call 01494 578911.

For further PR information please contact Helen Doherty-Varrie at Puttock Brown on 07713 175850 or email: helen@puttockbrown.co.uk

August-September 2019