Homeowners Take Over Management At The Orchard In Blackburn

Date: Thursday 17 December 2009

A new build development in Blackburn is trialling a new initiative where fixed management fees are abolished, with neighbours taking shared responsibility for the upkeep of communal areas instead.

The scheme is being piloted at The Orchard, a new build development of two, three, five and six bedroom homes on Laburnum Road in the town. Neighbouring properties will cover maintenance costs between them for shared areas as they arise, rather than pay a fixed amount every year.

Taylor Wimpey Manchester’s sales and marketing director Anthony Mansfield said the move is in response to customer feedback at The Orchard.

“The cost of ongoing maintenance of a new development has to be paid for somewhere down the line, but potential purchasers at The Orchard told us they were strongly opposed to traditional management fees. They wanted a more flexible approach to covering these costs,” he explained.

Taylor Wimpey has been consulting with local people since plans for The Orchard were first introduced. It has held a number of public meetings and has also spoken to many local residents and community groups directly to make sure the new homes that are being built at the development are right for the local community.