Press release by Taylor French Developments regarding their new Castle Gate development in Eaton Bray.....
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Developer bucks national trend with new housing scheme

Posted on October 4, 2013

Press release by Taylor French Developments regarding their new Castle Gate development in Eaton Bray.

This article was published in October 2013. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Castle Gate: Nathan Ellis, Site Manager and Steve French discussing the site plansAn award-winning developer which has bucked the national trend by having a waiting list for its homes has started work on its latest housing scheme.

Taylor French Developments, based in Tring, has created 60 jobs by beginning building work on a new site in Eaton Bray.

Although work has only just started, two of the homes have already been sold and there has been massive interest in the other two. They will be completed ready for families to move in by the end of March next year.

Taylor French is keen to play its part in local community life while building work takes place, sponsoring a magic act which entertained the crowds at St Mary's Village Carnival in nearby Edlesborough in July.

The Castle Gate development, in Eaton Bray, comprises two three-bedroom semi-detached houses, one three-bedroom detached house and one four-bedroom detached house, with prices ranging from £285,000 to £375,000.

Key to Taylor French's success is its bespoke building and design service where buyers can make significant changes to the specification, depending on how far building work has progressed.

Buyers have had en suites removed or added, internal walls changed, one had an extension added (subject to planning approval), while another asked for the whole of the back of the house to be glass panelled.

Steve French, Managing Director of Taylor French, said: "Buyers can get a bespoke home. It's not just giving them a few choices for kitchen units and bathroom tiles – it really does mean they can have the home they want, to the budget they choose.

"So, in a development of five houses, it is highly unlikely that they will all be the same."

Taylor French has buyers queuing up to buy its homes and has seen its turnover double each year since 2008.

Steve said: "The last two developments we've done all sold prior to formal marketing. I don't know of any other developer who has done this in the current climate.

"We have gone from strength to strength and we believe this is because we are a very streamlined company - we don't have huge offices or hordes of people. We have a very talented team and are very competitive when it comes to building costs."

Castle Gate: Steve French looking at plans
Steve French, Managing Director of Taylor French looking at the Eaton Bray site plans

On one site in Paulespury, Northamptonshire, 15 families vied to exchange contracts on just five luxury stone properties. All the homes, which cost between £300,000 and £450,000, were bought within weeks of construction work starting.

Meanwhile, a three-bedroom detached cottage, located on the village green at Little Horwood, near Buckingham, was snapped up before the construction team stepped foot on site.

Steve said: "It is unusual to have such a rush of sales on exclusive developments in this economic climate – we've even had people say they will wait for us to buy land in the area they are looking to move to, so they can move into a Taylor French home."

As confidence starts to return to the housing market in the south east, Taylor French plans to increase the number of properties it develops in the region from 100 to 250 every year.

It is currently building homes in 13 locations in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire.

The firm recently won the Best Large Development award in the Central Region Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Excellence Awards.

Taylor French focuses on smaller plots of land for development - for between one and 60 homes. About 80% of its work is developing good quality affordable homes for housing associations.

Source: Taylor French Developments

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December 1, 2013, R Archer says:

What a shame that ancient hedgerows in Park Lane were ripped out and the rural landscape of this country lane altered so dramatically. In contrast the building of The Pastures in Edlesborough largely retained the hedges surrounding the houses so that the development blended into the village.

January 27, 2014, Ian says:

Disgusting this development took place in the car park of the local and only pub in the village.
The development also illegally demolished and stole land from an existing house.
These houses should never have been built.

January 29, 2014, Patrick Naveen says:

I am from Malaysia. I have been approached by this company Jardin smiths international , with regards to development of land in UK Eaton Bray area .
I know this area exists .

Will there be a residential development in this area as claimed by this company .
They had claimed of owning 50 acre land for development !
Hope you could share some light .



May 17, 2014, Chris Chan says:

Hi Patrick,
I am Chris Chan. I too am from Malaysia and have been approached by Jardin Smith International Bhd with regards to development of land in Eaton Bray.

I too am curious about residential development in this area as claimed by the company last week, at a session in One World Hotel, KL. They seem to be registered with SSM (Commission of Companies, Malaysia) but I also saw this online:
which kind of freaked me out lah. I am not so sure if they are for real but the free food was good. :-D

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