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With five weeks to go until Christmas Day, househunters in Weston-super-Mare are facing their last chance to move into a new house at Locking Parklands before the festive period descends – and with just one property remaining, this really is the final opportunity to become part of the growing community in The Parkside.

Helping to spread some Christmas cheer, St. Modwen Homes is giving those looking for a new home at Locking Parklands a helping hand, offering people the chance to purchase a three storey four bedroom ‘Beech’ townhouse in the first phase of the development, The Parkside, with a deposit of just £11,475 – five per cent of the total price of the new build home.

This lower deposit will come as light relief to many people trying to get onto or up the property ladder, as recent statistics state that aspiring homeowners now face an eight year wait to raise a deposit. Typically, purchasers need a 20 per cent deposit to secure a new home, meaning the deposit needed for a four bedroom house at Locking Parklands would stand at £45,900 – four times the amount being offered by St. Modwen Homes.

Jackie Ireland, sales manager at Locking Parklands, said: “The next couple of weeks will be the last chance people have to purchase a new home and move in before Christmas, so anyone wishing to be in a new house for the festive period needs to get their viewings booked in as soon as possible.

“With just over a month to go until Christmas, many people are put off searching for a new home, however it is often the best time to get some great deals – and at St. Modwen Homes we are able to complete a sale in just four weeks!

“Having a smaller deposit to pay could make all the difference for people looking to buy a new property and what’s so great about the FirstStep scheme at Locking Parklands is that it is not just restricted to first time buyers, all househunters can benefit. Even better, there’s still time to let Father Christmas know your new address!”

Under FirstStep, househunters on all levels of the property ladder need a deposit of just five per cent. Under the equity loan scheme, purchasers will own 100 per cent of the property for just 75 per cent of the price (made up of a 5 per cent deposit and 70 per cent mortgage) as St. Modwen Homes offers a loan of up to 25 per cent of the full purchase price.

With all bar one of the homes in The Parkside now occupied, a new community is forming at Locking Parklands with the residents already making the most of the sport facilities, playing field and scenic parkland on offer. The new homeowners will also be some of the first people to benefit from a new school and library, along with various leisure and community facilities – all of which are planned for the development and will be within walking distance of the new homes. Around 650,000 sq ft of employment space will also be delivered at the 200 acre site on completion, with 2,000 jobs expected to be generated within the employment space.

The £400 million mixed use scheme is being developed by St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, with landowner Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) over the next 20 years. St. Modwen Homes, a division of St. Modwen, is the developer behind the new homes on this scheme – of which there will be approximately 1,500 new houses and apartments when complete.

Construction is currently underway on the new phase of homes at Locking Parklands, The Woodlands, where more than 45 per cent of the houses have already been purchased off-plan. A selection of three, four and five bedroom homes are all available for sale, starting in price from £219,500. The Locking Parklands marketing suite, located off Farnborough Road in Locking, is open for visitors seven days a week between 10am and 6pm. For further information please call the St. Modwen Homes sales team on 0844 243 4848 or visit