Flats sell out in five hours

One cou­ple queued 36 hours for home in yet-to-be built block

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

AN EN­TIRE block of flats in Uxbridge town cen­tre sold out in just FIVE hours, even though build­ing work hasn’t yet be­gun.

Keen prop­erty buy­ers be­gan queue­ing to get their hands on one of the 73 Howarth Homes’ apart­ments up to 36 hours be­fore the launch.

The hous­ing block, nick­named Panorama, will pro­vide 73 stu­dios and apart­ments, at a start­ing price of £224,995.

Hilling­don Coun­cil ap­proved the ap­pli­ca­tion to go ahead, in­clud­ing the de­mo­li­tion of the Fass­nidge Com­mu­nity Din­ing Hall, cur­rently on site, at a Ma­jor Plan­ning Ap­pli­ca­tion hear­ing on March 3.

Just one week later, Howarth Homes sold all 73 apart­ments and even ex­changed con­tracts, at their launch on Thurs­day, March 10 at the Sher­a­ton Sky­line Ho­tel by Heathrow Air­port.

First time buy­ers, Ma­rina Kosl­eva and her hus­band, ar­rived at 5am the day be­fore to en­sure they got a place at the front of the queue, hav­ing rented for the last few years.

Mrs Kosl­eva said: “We re­ally wanted to buy a Panorama apart­ment as they are be­ing built in a great lo­ca­tion.

“It’s very con­ve­nient for me as I work at Heathrow and my hus­band also works lo­cally.

“We see this as a long term in­vest­ment for our fu­ture – be­cause we are buy­ing it off plan and it won’t be fin­ished for a cou­ple of years, it should have hope­fully in­creased in value be­fore we even move in.”

When plans for the apart­ments were an­nounced, around 60 res­i­dents signed a pe­ti­tion urg­ing the coun­cil to re­ject the ap­pli­ca­tion as it was an ‘ero­sion of the ethos of the Fass­nidge [Me­mo­rial] Trust’.

The din­ing hall serves round 20 peo­ple aged over 60 who use the fa­cil­ity, which is staffed by one paid cook and three vol­un­teers, and will have no venue for 18 months while the block is built.

As part of the ap­pli­ca­tion ap­proval, Howarth Homes must pro­vide a re­place­ment com­mu­nity din­ing fa­cil­ity in the block, along with un­der­croft car park­ing, a new ve­hi­cle ac­cess point, com­mu­nal and pri­vate amenity ar­eas and land­scap­ing.

Mary O’Sul­li­van, head of sales at Howarth Homes, said: “The fact that our last few de­vel­op­ment launches have sold out within a mat­ter of hours on each launch day proves there is a real ap­petite for com­pet­i­tively priced, high qual­ity homes in the South East.”

The new prop­er­ties en­joy a prime lo­ca­tion just a cou­ple of min­utes from a wide ar­ray of shops, restau­rants and cul­ture – with two ma­jor shop­ping cen­tres, The Pavil­ions and Intu both filled with high street brands.

n HIGH DE­MAND: Buy­ers queued for up to 36 hours be­fore the launch to snap up one of the 73 flats to be built

n DE­SIGN: A com­puter gen­er­ated im­age of how Howarth Homes’ Panorama de­vel­op­ment in Uxbridge High Street will look – the flats were all sold five hours af­ter be­ing re­leased

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