The Directors track history dates back more than 30 years through Merewood and Crowther Homes, which were building 350 homes per year when Persimmon bought the companies out. More information can be found on the About Us pages.
Our more recent Track record includes:
Barrow Brook Business Village
This land was designated as employment land, but hadn’t attracted interest for over 20 years. Oakmere assisted the landowner as a partner and obtained planning permission on the land. There were three phases, totalling 18 acres.
The Oaks at Longtown
The Oaks used to be an old sawmill. We entered into an option agreement with the landowner and promoted it through the planning process, successfully obtaining planning permission.
Barkers Primrose Nursery, Clitheroe
We purchased this land, subject to an overage clause, subject to planning. This was just before a moratorium was planned on a new development in the area. It was several years later before the moratorium was lifted and we successfully obtained planning permission, giving the previous owners an uplift in value.
This desirable location enjoys the famously scenic surroundings and numerous lifestyle attractions which characterise the popular South Lakeland locality. It’s a suitably prestigious setting for Strawberry Fields, the latest luxury development of superior 4 bedroom detached houses from Oakmere Homes. Nestled in an area of outstanding natural beauty between two unique National Parks and close to the many amenities of Kendal centre, Strawberry Fields benefits from the best of town and country. Adjacent to open countryside, with panoramic views across the fells, the development is an ideal commuter base, just 2 minutes’ walk from Oxenholme Railway Station with it’s West Coast Main Line links to Manchester, Birmingham, London, Carlisle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Within just 5 minutes via road are Sizergh Castle National Trust Estate, Low Sizergh Barn farm shop, historic Levens Hall and Gardens and the Lake District. The M6 is only 10 minutes’ drive away, providing fast connections to leisure destinations and commercial centres including Penrith and Carlisle to the north and Lancaster to the south. Windermere is only 10 miles away by car and connects directly to the nearby West Coast Mainline station, Oxenholme. Education is an important factor for a family choosing a new home and Kendal provides a range of options to give your children the best opportunities.
Strawberry Fields is within the Parish on Natland which includes St.Mark’s Church of England Primary School. The school is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and provides a perfect starting point for young children. Nearby Kirkbie Kendal High School is an outstanding academy school and an extremely popular foundation school. The private schools of Windermere and Sedbergh are only a short drive away. Kendal College is an associate college of the University of Central Lancashire offering a comprehensive range of full and part time courses for 16-18 year olds and academic and vocational studies for young adults.
At The Orchards, Oakmere Homes has designed a new range of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes which offer a variety and style to suit every need, from young families just starting out to those with teenagers who want their own space. We have built a reputation for attention to detail and clever design which fills a home with light and space. We combine traditional craftsmanship with advanced construction techniques to deliver award-winning standards and exceptional homes.
Luxury kitchens,larger than average en-suites, elegant dressing rooms, carefully sited studies, spacious family areas, individual garages and dedicated parking spaces combined with traditional features and stylish touches give an Oakmere home instant appeal and add value to your investment. Energy efficiency is built into the very fabric of every Oakmere home and the houses at The Orchards benefit from high-efficiency boilers, dual-flush water saving toilets and A-rated kitchen appliances making an Oakmere home designed fit for a greener future. Whatever you seek in a new home, we believe The Orchards can provide a perfect match for your comfort and individual lifestyle.
The pubs and churches which are still the hub of village life help to shape the character of Bolton-le-Sands, while The Lancaster Canal passing by The Orchards on its way through the village centre provides a route to relaxation for walkers, cyclists and those who enjoy waterway life To the north, Carnforth is a favourite base for walkers and cyclists and offers a rail link to the Lakes, Arnside and Silverdale, all areas of outstanding natural beauty. To the south is the seaside town of Morecambe with its much-loved football club, promenade and the restored iconic art deco Midland Hotel.
Education is an important factor for a family choosing a new home and Bolton-le-Sands provides a range of options to give your children the best opportunities. The highly regarded Bolton-le-Sands Church of England Primary School is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and provides a perfect starting point within walking distance of The Orchards. Nearby Carnforth High School is a DFES designated Specialist Science College which delivers some of the best results in Lancashire and is praised by Ofsted for its vibrant curriculum and outstanding behaviour.
We believe in listening to different stakeholders and incorporating suitable adjustments at early stages. If you have any feedback, do please let us know.
Through our experience we know how to put people at the heart of every new development, delivering what has been described by others as a real sense of community in the areas we build. As a privately run house builder nothing is more important to us than you and your needs. We deliver the best possible in specification, quality and customer care.
We have superb house designs, we invest in the best locations, use the best materials and have the best locally trusted builders. To pull it all together we employ award-winning construction managers to ensure that your new home has a quality finish set to the highest standards.
To see current and coming soon new homes in your area, have a look around our website and we hope you’ll find your dream home. You’re also invited to ‘Like’ our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram and Twitter and we’ll keep you up to date with the very latest news as it happens in your area. Our team are always on hand to help and you’re welcome to call us for any further information and advice.
If you own land that represents a development opportunity, Oakmere has the experience and resources to maximise the value of it. We are able to give quick initial reviews on the potential of obtaining planning permission and have the flexibility to structure a deal to meet your needs. That consideration goes far beyond simply settling a price for land and will take into account tax planning to ensure you retain the maximum value from the sale.
The team is constantly managing planning applications from outline through to reserved matters, detailed planning and Appeals. We therefore continually update our knowledge of planning legislation and trends, and have proven systems in place to effectively manage the whole process on your behalf. Your involvement can be as little or as much as you decide.
Making a planning application is an expensive process – with costs for outline planning often running into several £10,000’s and even more for larger sites. By working with us through an Option Agreement or Promotional Agreement we take on that financial risk – which gives an added incentive to succeed on your behalf.
Your land may be a simple greenfield site, or a brownfield site with legacy or technical issues, such as contamination or flooding. At Oakmere we regard these issues simply as challenges to be overcome, and we can offer proven expertise in resolving such matters quickly and efficiently, either at the outset of a planning process or as they emerge. Therefore you can remain confident that even if unforeseen complications arise through the planning process, you are working with the team that can get the result. By choosing to work with Oakmere, you can be assured that we will determine the most effective solutions to deliver the maximum value on your land.
As a family company, we appreciate that building new homes is all about people – from dealing with planning authorities, elected representatives and other interested parties to addressing the concerns and priorities of local residents and potential purchasers. We recognise that new developments can generate a wide spectrum of strong feelings but it is part of our job – and a vital part of our expertise – to manage and address all legitimate issues of stakeholders in a way which delivers a positive outcome for any developments we undertake. That also means a positive outcome for you as the landowner.
Oakmere Homes is looking for land across Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire, for immediate development and strategic investment. If you own land that may be suitable for residential development – now or in the future – we’d be delighted to discuss how Oakmere Homes can deliver the maximum value with the minimum amount of fuss. With more than three decades of success in the competitive world of new homes construction we have built a reputation for dealing fairly with landowners, and producing agreements which offer benefits for both sides.
Why choose Oakmere?
Oakmere Homes offers a wealth of experience through the long involvement of Gary Middlebrook in development and land deals across the North West. Oakmere is a privately owned house-building company with a highly accredited NHBC A1 rating, and a strong track record of award-winning quality and financial success. We are also serious about growing our business. We have a number of sites in the development pipeline, but we are always on the lookout for good locations.
If you would like to discuss how Oakmere Homes can work with you to gain maximum value from your land, please call us on 01539 263 558 and ask for Gary Middlebrook.