‘We’re bucking housing market’

L to R: John Neary, development director, Steve Speight, commercial director, Sean O'Toole, managing director, Howard Carter, director, 'outside their Head Office on the Poulton Industrial Estate.
L to R: John Neary, development director, Steve Speight, commercial director, Sean O'Toole, managing director, Howard Carter, director, 'outside their Head Office on the Poulton Industrial Estate.
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A HOUSING firm is rapidly selling homes on the Fylde coast – despite storm clouds gathering in their market.

James Carter Homes has sold out all the homes they had for sale at their Hollyfield development site in Preston and has now acquired sites in Singleton and Poulton.

Directors of the Poulton-based company say their success in the current market is building confidence in the company.

John Neary, land director, at James Carter Homes, said: “We’ve worked on projects which we were conservative about because of the state of the property market.

“But when we looked at the areas we found they had an excellent reputation and it gives people confidence to buy.”

Following the sale of homes at the Hollyfield site, two 3,500sqft spaces were bought and plots on Hardhorn Road, Poulton, are also set to be developed.

In Singleton they have a site known as The Village where they have two plots.

Mr Neary added: “The Singleton homes are in keeping with the location and the way we have designed them means they will fit in well with the village.

“We acquired the Poulton homes quite a while back and were undecided what to do, but they’re very selective and we decided to make the sale.”

Steve Speight, commercial director of the company, added: “The progress of James Carter Homes has come on in leaps and bounds.

“We are now building on the foundations which have been carefully laid and have other exciting sites along the Fylde coast in the pipeline which we can’t wait to commence.

“We also employ local craftsmen and contractors making a valuable contribution to the local economy on the Fylde coast.”

Only last week, a leading Blackpool estate agent told The Gazette the housing market was in a “far worse” position than six years ago.

Kevin Allitt, of Oyston’s Estate Agent, painted a bleak picture of the market and urged the Government to do more to provide help ease the failing sector.

However, Mr Neary says the company is “bucking the trend” and restoring confidence in buyers.

He added: “The sales have given us more confidence to invest and we are now exploring more developments.”

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