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Archive of: 2017

  • Buyers Back Berrybrook

    Sales on all 14 homes (2 phases) in a select T A Fisher development in Caversham have now been completed.

    Construction on the second phase of six large detached and link-detached homes at Berrybrook, completed this Autumn and our estate agents for the scheme, Farmer & Dyer, reported very strong interest from the start of sales in April.

    Partner, Damian Farmer, said in an uncertain market, the houses, sold particularly well with people noticeably enthusiastic about living in the private road which has been named Martin Cooper Close after a local man who set up theatre group, Masquerade.

    He said: “The nice thing was that the people who bought them are all ‘quality’ buyers as soon as they saw them, they wanted them. There were no wishy-washy sales.

    One reason for that, he said, was that homes on the development, which were particularly spacious inside and would suit a wide range of family groups, also had exceptionally large gardens.

    One in particular – Plot 5 – had what he called a ‘supersized’ garden, a rarity in developments in such sought after areas.

    Phase I, just eight homes completed in Spring 2015 and has also proved popular among prospective buyers.

    Mr Farmer added: “They are just really good sized family homes and T A Fisher is a name they trust.”

  • Plans submitted for 110 homes at Mortimer

    Plans have been submitted for 110 homes at Mortimer along with three hectares of open space with further land set aside for a school and GP surgery.

    The detailed plans have been submitted to West Berkshire Council by Thames Valley housebuilder TA Fisher in conjunction with the Englefield Estate which owns the land.

    The homes range from one-bedroom flats to five-bedroom houses. Forty-four of the total will be affordable, with some available for rent and others, for shared ownership.

    As well as three hectares of public open space and landscaping, a hectare of land will be set aside for a primary school and GP surgery.

    TA Fisher, which was based in the village for 28 years, drew up the plans after lengthy involvement with the Mortimer community. The proposals are designed to reflect the ambitions of the Stratfield Mortimer Neighbourhood Plan.

    A local referendum in June backed the adoption of the neighbourhood plan with almost 90 per cent of voters in favour.

    Edward Crookes, estates director of the Englefield Estate, said: “This proposal is very much in keeping with the wishes of the people of Mortimer, who spent a great deal of time and effort producing their neighbourhood plan to set out their vision for how they wanted their community to evolve to meet its need for new housing and facilities.

    “The development includes an appropriate mix of affordable homes, and is close to the heart of the village and its existing facilities. This project is very much in keeping with the estate’s tradition of helping to provide local people with homes and facilities in the communities they love, as we have been doing for centuries.”

    Julian Pacey, head of land and planning at TA Fisher, said, “We were based in Mortimer for almost 30 years, so we were determined to work as closely as possible with the community in developing these proposals which will provide much-needed new homes.

    “Open space will be incorporated for everyone to enjoy, and the development will also secure a site for a new primary school and doctors’ surgery, which would be subject to future applications by the education authority and health service providers.

    “We are grateful to the many local people who contributed to these detailed proposals which have been drawn up to align with the community’s own neighbourhood plan which identified this site as being the most appropriate to meet Mortimer’s needs.

    “We have also taken into account views expressed at consultation events and public meetings in the village, and also worked closely with local authorities before submitting these plans to West Berkshire Council for approval.”

    The plans were drawn up with planning consultants and architects Pro Vision of Newbury.

  • T A Fisher Sponsor AFC Charvil - U9s

    T A Fisher has teamed up with AFC Charvil to ensure its young players are entering the field resplendent in a new kit.
    Players for both Charvil and Charvil Colts, which both compete in the East Berkshire under 9s League, are now taking to the pitch bearing the name of the Thames Valley’s best known local housebuilder.
    T A Fisher supplied kits for both teams after a request from one of the young players who had a family connection.
    Spence Nichols, one of a number of volunteer parents who helps run the club, said without the sponsorship from T A Fisher they may have had to ask parents to dig deep.
    He said: “Being able to provide 20 children with a shiny new kit has been great. They love it.
    “The boys all love their football. We are very proud of the teams and it’s great to see the confidence of each player increase as they get together in a team environment.
    “They are very excited to have a new kit for the new season. All the parents are very pleased T A Fisher could support the team and it is great we can support all the boys in learning new skills and being part of a team.”
    Both teams are on the up after a good season last year when each reached the semi final of their respective cup competitions.
    Charvil made it through to finals day in Ascot.

  • Mortimer residents show support for homes, school and surgery solution

    A development proposal in Mortimer has moved closer to resolution thanks to work by housebuilder T A Fisher.

    The developer, which was based in the village for 28 years before moving to Theale in 2015, teamed up with the Englefield Estate to promote the site in the draft Mortimer Neighbourhood Plan for a housing allocation of 110 new homes together with land for a new primary school and doctors’ surgery.

    Land behind St John’s Church, owned by the Englefield Estate, had been identified by West Berkshire Council in its draft Site Allocations Development Plan Document for new homes, a school and surgery.

    The Neighbourhood Plan moved to a local referendum on June 22 where 88.8 per cent of voters approved it, allowing West Berkshire Council (WBC) to incorporate it into its Development Plan.

    T A Fisher is now working on a planning application it hopes to submit later this summer. The scheme includes a variety of styles and sizes of new homes and there will be over three hectares of open space. Forty per cent of the homes will be affordable.

    T A Fisher’s managing director John Fisher said: “This scheme is designed to integrate with the village and is sensitive to Mortimer’s character and the feelings of local people, while addressing Mortimer’s requirement for new homes including affordable housing.

    “We will now be working closely with the parish council to take on board any issues around our scheme as well as addressing any concerns or questions from the local community when the planning application goes in.

    “After 28 years in Mortimer we feel we are well placed to provide the village with the right kind of development.

    “We held a public consultation in January to explain our proposals and we will obviously be engaging further in the course of the planning process,” added John Fisher.

    If the application is successful it is hoped work can start during 2018.

  • T A Fisher Completes Newbury Hotel & Retail Scheme

    T A Fisher has completed the final letting in a development which has turned a former petrol station in Newbury into a new hotel, fast food outlet and bathroom specialist.

    Bathroom supplier Ripples has taken the remaining 1, 292 sq ft unit, joining the fast expanding Hotcha chain of Chinese food.
    Quintons, Newbury were the letting agents.
    The units are on the ground floor of the 67-bedroom Travelodge at 49 London Road.

    The Hotcha unit is the Bristol-based provider’s first in Berkshire. Most of its 14 branches are around Somerset and Wiltshire. Ripples which expects to open by September, is moving from the Kennet Centre which is undergoing major regeneration.

    The Travelodge budget hotel captures the business and leisure markets which are very buoyant with so much activity in and around the town centre.

    Furthermore the retail units have gone to two very good brands. Hotcha is a business on a growth trail and Ripples has been in Newbury for more than 10 years.

    With the regeneration of the Kennet Centre, this development is both a positive one for the town and a successful investment for T A fisher.

  • Affordable homes policy 'could threaten smaller schemes'

    Developer John Fisher says the requirement for affordable homes on small developments could threaten the viability – and therefore deliverability – of those schemes.

    Mr Fisher, managing director of Thames Valley housebuilder T A Fisher, says small developers seeking to maintain a high threshold of quality could find it difficult to incorporate both affordable houses and developer infrastructure contributions on smaller projects.

    Government changes to national planning policy have sought to prevent local authorities asking for contributions towards infrastructure and affordable housing on developments of 10 dwellings or less.

    This was challenged in court last year by Reading and West Berkshire councils which initially succeeded but then lost on appeal.

    However, the Court of Appeal stated that ‘local circumstances may justify lower (or no) thresholds as an exception to the national policy’.

    Reading Borough Council, which has a shortage of affordable homes, has successfully argued at a number of appeals, that it is one such exception.

    Reading’s lead councillor for strategic, environment, planning and transport, Cllr Tony Page said at a meeting on April 4 that volume developers ‘liked cheap and cheerful’ and that the council would fight them at appeals.

    Mr Fisher has empathy with Reading Borough Council’s stance but argues that those seeking to build small numbers of quality homes would find the obligation to provide infrastructure contributions along with affordable homes on such small schemes, exceedingly difficult to absorb in viability terms.

    Mr Fisher said: “There is scope on larger greenfield developments to accommodate a fair and reasonable affordable housing obligation however directly schemes fall below a certain threshold there are risks that may well prevent those developments coming forward and frustrating the delivery of much needed housing that would otherwise come forward; that scenario is surely undesirable for everyone.

    “By insisting upon the delivery of affordable homes and infrastructure contributions on small sites against Government guidance, these local authorities are potentially limiting the delivery of new homes by the small/medium housebuilders who produce really good quality designs, to a high standard and build them in a sensible timescale.”

  • T A Fisher Secures Letting To Osirium

    Fast expanding cyber security business Osirium has joined T A Fisher and House of Fisher at Theale Court.

    Osirium, launched in 2008 by Thames Valley IT entrepreneur David Guyatt, has taken a vacant 3,400 sq ft office in the building, owned by T A Fisher, where its team of 39 staff now operate.

    The firm was previously along the High Street at Brewery Court.

    Mr Guyatt, founder of MIMEsweeper, has been at the forefront of developing software in the region for over 25 years and in the 1990s was Sales and Marketing Director for Integralis, another Theale based company.

    He took Osirium through the IPO process in April 2016 and in the last year, has seen growth double. The sector has become increasingly important in combating cyber attacks and protecting against data breaches.

    Osirium wanted to keep existing staff who like the Theale location and be able to attract more as it grows.

    Operations Director Catherine Jamieson said: “Theale is a good place in terms of location. It is not in the centre of Reading and so we don’t get the traffic but we are accessible from the university for software developers and IT people. There is also a good train service to London.”

    House of Fisher, the serviced apartments division of T A Fisher, moved its team to a newly created office on the same floor to give Osirium a brand new open plan area for its expanding team.

    House of Fisher Managing Director, Trine Oestergaard said: “We created a modern, fresh and uniquely branded office for our young HOF team.

    “This includes a lovely big and bright board room, a ‘Tactics Room’ and brand new staff kitchen. Theale Court works very well for us, right by the M4, a train station and with great connections and many of our Thames Valley locations.”

  • E-Centre Spot For Broadband Provider

    T A Fisher has completed a deal to sell a property in Bracknell to the firm rolling out ultra fast broadband in the Thames Valley.

    Communication services provider BtL which has partnered with CityFibre to roll out broadband speeds of up to 1GB throughout major towns and cities across the UK – and which last year launched in Reading and Bracknell – has acquired 7,500 sq ft Unit 3 at the E-Centre in Easthampstead Road.

    The deal puts the telecoms provider in the heart of its network and is a further boost to an area which has seen a dramatic upgrade in recent years.

    The property is close to Beneficial House, once an unloved office block, but now an apart hotel run by T A Fisher’s serviced apartment division House of Fisher, along with a popular gym on the ground floor. Other businesses have moved into the areas in recent times and the site is within easy reach of the new Lexicon development which opens in September.

    T A Fisher managing director John Fisher said: “This is an excellent deal for all parties and it demonstrates there is a market for freehold offices for owner/occupiers. E-Centre is well positioned, close to the town centre, shops and within walking distance to the station so it has great appeal for all occupiers.”

    Rob Lamden, managing director of BtL said none of the properties he viewed were as good as the E-Centre. He added: “It’s great for my young staff because it’s right in the middle of Bracknell so they’ll be able to walk across to the shops – and it will be more attractive for getting new staff in.

    “One of the key things for us is that we are in the middle of the CityFibre network and this is actually one of the few spots in the whole network in the Thames Valley where the fibre actually goes all the way round it.”

    A training company currently has a lease on the ground floor and will become a tenant of BtL.

    BtL plans to turn part of its premises into a beach-themed showroom to illustrate the ‘work anywhere’ concept. Potential clients can bring their iPads and experiment with various download options to highlight the speeds available and trial other services. The firm hopes to move in by March 11.

    Agents for T A Fisher were Page Hardy Harris.

    Director Nick Hardy said: “I am delighted that the sale of 3 E-Centre has completed, bringing BtL onto the estate and into the heart of Bracknell.”

  • Launch date for Blue Prior – in UK’s most desirable location

    As idyllic places to live go, few can match the location of T A Fisher’s latest release.

    Blue Prior is a development of just 13 two, three and four bedroom homes, tucked away in Church Crookham, Hampshire, where village life exists just over a mile from the bustling town of Fleet.

    Both fall within Hart District Council, where residents have good reason appreciate the desirability of their area.

    The district has been named the healthiest, happiest and wealthiest place to live in the UK for five consecutive years in an annual survey by Halifax.

    And for Blue Prior residents, desirability goes a stage further.

    The development’s launch over the weekend of March 4 and 5, will offer the first glimpse of this distinctive, design-led scheme where T A Fisher has worked with the local authority to ensure an outstanding look combines with our customary high specification and exceptional quality.

    Blue Prior’s striking, contemporary appearance features a mix of classic red brickwork, white rendered and timber panelled detail and high-ridged and pitched grey tiled roofs.

    Both the external designs and internal layouts offer considerable variation across the 13 homes.

    Plot five has been described as a modern take on the traditional coach house. It is a split level, two bedroom terrace with garage, utility room, cloakroom and lobby below and kitchen/living room, bedrooms and bathroom above.

    Five of the homes feature two double bedrooms where both have en suites and for larger families there are three storey, four bedroom properties.

    Many of the homes offer spacious kitchen/dining/living areas, desired by today’s aspirational families.

    Facilities in the immediate vicinity of Blue Prior include a children’s nursery and a BUPA care home while nearby towns including Fleet, Odiham, Hartley Wintney, offer a vast range of retailers and restaurants.

    Fleet’s new train station can get you to London in 40 minutes and the A287 offers easy access to the M3.

    For more information:

    Visit: http://www.mackenziesmith.co.uk/development/?id=16370

    Contact: MacKenzie Smith on 01252 812121 or email fleet@mackenziesmith.co.uk

  • Horticulture House Acquisition

    The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has sold its Theale premises.

    Developer and property investor T A Fisher, based just a few yards away, has acquired Horticulture House in Theale High Street and is offering office occupiers the chance to rent space in the building temporarily while it draws up plans to develop the building.

    T A Fisher has acquired a number of office buildings in the Thames Valley in recent years for redevelopment.

    Until the plans are finalised, 12-month licences are available in the 8,000 sq ft building. Alternatively the 37 car spaces are also available separately to rent.
    For further details please contact Stephen Head of Hicks Baker on 0118 959 6144.

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