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Developer pulled out all the stops to ensure couple moved in before baby arrived

Starting a family was the kick-start couple needed to buy their first home

Gemma Blackney and her partner Josh Stewart have started life as parents in their dream home at Taylor Wimpey’s Church View development in Hoo.

The couple, both aged 28, moved into the two-bedroom Canford house type in October 2020 just before welcoming their daughter Elsie last November.

While living with Gemma’s parents in Gravesend, the couple decided it was time to look for their first home after finding out they were expecting their first child. Gemma says: “Finding out I was pregnant gave us a kick start to  our house hunting – we realised we needed a lot more room!”

The couple decided to look at Taylor Wimpey’s Church View development after the housebuilder was recommended to them by friends. Josh says: “Our friends had a really good experience buying from Taylor Wimpey. We knew we wanted a new build  as we wouldn’t need to do any work and could move straight in. We fell in love with Church View on our first visit. The development has all the essential shops and a doctor’s surgery nearby and we decided it was the perfect place to call home.”

Gemma and Josh used the Government-backed Help to Buy: Equity Loan to help secure their home and haven’t looked back since moving in.

Gemma says: “The Canford is exactly what we were looking for. It has two good-sized double bedrooms and a large garden which can be unusual to find with new builds. There is a park directly opposite our home which we cannot wait to see Elsie play in and enjoy.”

Commenting on their buying journey with Taylor Wimpey, Josh says: “We first registered our interest online and within the hour had been contacted by the very helpful sales team. They explained the whole process to us, from reserving to completion. We explained our situation and the team assured us that they would try to get a completion so we could move in before Elsie arrived. Any queries that we had were responded to within a day and we were never left waiting without any answers.”

Gemma adds: “The sales team went above and beyond to make our move as smooth as possible. We have developed a great relationship with them and they even sent us their congratulations after Elsie was born.”

The couple used a variety of online tools while waiting for their home to be completed including a video tour and Touchpoint, Taylor Wimpey’s customer portal.

Gemma says: “We were able to keep up-to-date with the build process and choose the finishes for our new home  without actually having to visit which was great! We also went to a home demonstration tour where everything about the house was explained to us.

“Buying your first home can be extremely stressful. Taylor Wimpey made the whole process smooth and stress-free and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for us and watch our family grow.”

There’s currently a choice of three- and four-bedroom homes available at Church View, with prices starting from £350,000. The sales office  is located off Stoke Road, ME3 9BL, and is open by pre-booked appointment only. Strict social distancing measures are in place to ensure the safety of any visitors.

To book an appointment to visit Church View or to speak to the sales team to find out about the homes available, call 01634 471715 or visit the development webpage.


David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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