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  • T A Fisher has promoted Alex Chapman promoted to Construction Director

    Alex Chapman has been promoted to Construction Director for housebuilder and development business T A Fisher.

    Alex, who joined the firm as a surveyor in 2008 and later became commercial manager, has developed his technical knowledge since joining the company.

    Managing director John Fisher said the new role recognises the increased knowledge and responsibility Alex has taken on as the company’s housing activity has grown.

    He said: “The appointment will allow Alex to engage with the wider development team in shaping new projects to our renowned high standard and, at the same time, achieving competitive build budgets and commercial programming.

    “All of this is crucial as the company enters a period of undertaking more substantial projects.”

    Since joining the company back in 2008, as a Surveyor, my role has been varied and I’ve been involved with all aspects of the construction process from pre-start through to after sales.

    In 2014 and following a restructure internally, my role evolved to Commercial Manager, this gave me more responsibility whilst still continuing to be involved with the day to day running of projects.

    My recent promotion to Construction Director is greatly appreciated and underpins my developing role within the company.

    This new role will allow me to continue with my previous responsibilities but also to become involved with higher level decisions, inclusive of land buying and strategic decision making, which will hopefully keep the company on track to meet the expectations of our Managing Director, John Fisher.

    I would like to thank both John Fisher and Robert Price (Commercial Director) for this opportunity and look forward to what the future brings!

  • New Beginning at Lane End

    Both upsizers and downsizers have registered interest in a select development of just nine detached T A Fisher homes in Shinfield which launches Sat 21st/Sun 22nd April, 10am – 4pm.

    The development of three and four bedroom detached family houses at Lane End has attracted a mix of potential buyers, many of them from nearby conurbations.

    Craig Robertson, director at David Cliff estate agents whom are marketing the homes on behalf of T A Fisher, said Shinfield already appealed to people from more densely populated areas.

    He said: “What you tend to find in Shinfield is a lot of people move there from bigger suburbs like Lower Earley and Woodley because it is a little bit more exclusive.”

    But he said Lane End offers even more exclusivity. David Cliff assisted T A Fisher in acquiring the site which already had planning permission for nine homes. T A Fisher, said Craig, ‘improved and enhanced’ the original scheme.

    All nine are being sold on the open market and those interested from the initial promotions represent both people moving up the property ladder and those looking to downsize while remaining in a quality environment. Many already have their eyes on specific plots.

    Hundreds of homes are being built in larger developments in the wider area, and Craig observed that that made Lane End a rarity, being both exclusive and maintaining competitive prices.

    Craig added: “I think that is the thing about these homes, it’s a select development. That’s what differentiates it from its competitors, you get an intimate smaller, setting.

    “Another thing is the T A Fisher name. People are aware of their company history locally and it’s a name that stands out from the crowd. They know they are going to get a product of a certain quality and specification.”

    The show home opens at Lane End on Saturday and Sunday, April 21/22, 10am – 4pm. To arrange an appointment to view please call David Cliff Estate Agents 0118 467 7999.
  • Homes and shops planned for Theale High Street

    Two new retail units may be created on Theale High Street as part of a redevelopment of a disused office building.

    Developer T A Fisher plans to convert the former home of the Horticultural Trades Association to include 17 apartments with two retail units on the ground floor frontage which could be used as A1 (shops), A2 (financial/professional services) or A3 (café/restaurants). They could also be amalgamated into one larger unit.

    Three of the apartments would be created above the retail units, overlooking the High Street while the other 14 are in a courtyard to the rear within the existing car park.

    The office buildings, known previously as Horticulture House & Partners House, have been empty for over a year and T A Fisher, whose head office is next door, has now applied to West Berkshire Council to carry out the redevelopment. It will have a total 18 parking spaces.

    T A Fisher development director, Steve Davies said: “We believe these plans make a really positive contribution to the area.

    “The offices were rather obsolete and virtually unlettable. Therefore the building created a dead frontage to the High Street so by redeveloping the front building to include retail units with residential above and to the rear, this proposal not only brings vitality to a part the High Street where there were previously no shops, but also provides housing in this very popular village.

    “As our offices are next door we know what a great community there is in Theale and we think the chance to own an apartment here will prove really popular.

    “T A Fisher is known for the quality of its developments and this gives us a great opportunity to bring that reputation to our own neighbourhood.”

  • KTM Online, part of Greentech Distribution plc, has taken space at Unit 5 of the E-Centre in Bracknell.

    Landlords T A Fisher has announced that KTM Online chose the centre as its new base of operation to launch the new business venture.

    KTM Online is the latest part of Greenwich Distribution’s expansion in the Thames Valley. The High Wycombe-based smart wireless device distributor topped the 2015 Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league with average growth in sales of 248 per cent.

    KTM Online joins Miles 33, Electra Networks Ltd, Channel C, Loewenstein Medical and Key Training at the E-Centre. The deal leaves 2,945 sq ft available in Unit 5 with an additional 5,521 sq ft becoming available in Q2, 2018 (Unit 2).

    T A Fisher managing director, John Fisher, said: “It’s exciting to welcome KTM Online to Bracknell to join our growing community in the E-Centre. It tells a compelling story that occupiers want to expand along the M4 corridor and benefit from the excellent new amenity at the Lexicon in Bracknell town centre.”

    Chief executive of KTM Online, Ben Branson, said: “Bracknell works well for us as a location to recruit new staff and continue to expand our business. We look forward to establishing ourselves in Bracknell and the E-Centre.”

  • 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.”

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