A CGI of the Croft, one of the energy efficient new homes being built at Holcombe Gardens, Ramsbottom

REDUCED fuel bills and improved energy efficiency are just some of the things helping buyers warm to the idea of moving to a brand new home in Ramsbottom.

Elan Homes has just launched its Holcombe Gardens development on Bury New Road. It’s proving popular with two early off plan sales and a database of more than 1,000 who’ve registered interest in the properties.

Part of the appeal is that homes at the development achieve an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)  B rating, which could see energy bills reduced by more than half for those who move from old to new..

According to figures from the Office of National Statistics, the average new build achieves an EPC band B rating with a median score of 84. In comparison, existing homes across England achieved an average of a D rating and a median score of 64.

Marie Morris, sales director for Elan Homes in the North, said: “The cold snap and spending more time than ever before has made people more conscious about how much energy they’re using and the costs involved. Based on Energy Performance Certificate data, the average cost for heating, light and hot water in a new build house in England is £399 a year compared to £885 for older homes. That’s a saving of almost 55%.”

Holcombe Gardens includes a choice of three, four and five-bedroom homes, with some of the properties incorporating split level designs to accentuate views across the valley to Holcombe Hill and Peel Tower.

Current prices start from £374,995 for a four-bedroom Croston style property.

Among the homes now available to reserve “off plan” is the five-bedroom detached Croft, offering 2,436 sq ft of living space, plus integral double garage.

The ground floor of this generously proportioned home features a room that offers flexible usage. As there’s a shower room on this level, it could perhaps be used as a gym providing somewhere to workout in. Alternatively, as it’s tucked away from the main living space, it could just as easily be used as a study, offering a dedicated space to work in. Alternatively, it could be used as an optional sixth bedroom.

The combined kitchen, breakfast area and family room spans the rear of the first floor, which also includes a separate lounge, dining room, plus utility and cloakroom.

On the second floor are five good-sized bedrooms, two with en-suites, leaving the main bathroom to serve just three of the bedrooms.

The development will include nine affordable three-bedroom homes, which will be sold at 75% of the market value, subject to eligibility criteria.

“Choice is what sets new build homes apart from older properties. Instead of having to make do with the previous owners’ décor and adapting it to your tastes over time, you start with a blank canvas,” Marie explained.

“Our homes feature a high specification with plenty of opportunities for customers to make their home their own by choosing from a rage of standard options and upgrades. These include the kitchen finish, bathroom tiles, wardrobes and flooring.”

Homes at Holcombe Gardens are ideally placed within walking distance of Ramsbottom town centre, while Bury, Bolton, Burnley, Blackburn, Rochdale and central Manchester are all within easy reach.

For more information about the homes at Holcombe Gardens see https://www.elan-homes.co.uk/developments/holcombe-gardens/ or call the sales team 01706509206.