Garstang is an ancient market town and civil parish and was originally recognised as the world’s first Fairtrade town. Garstang is a bustling market town with a combination of Georgian buildings. The town is overlooked by the ruined remains of Greenhalgh Castle, built in 1490 by Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby. Close by you can walk along the wonderful Wyre aqueduct built by John Rennie in 1797, its 110 feet long and it carries the Lancaster Canal over the river Wyre.
On the banks of the River Wyre, McCarthy Stone is currently building 14 stylish two bedroom detached retirement bungalows. From its fascinating heritage to its stunning countryside surroundings, this historic Lancashire market town has so much to offer over-50s looking for hassle-free homeownership.
These bungalows will give you the chance to downsize, freeing you from the burdens of the upkeep of a large family home. But you won't feel like you're sacrificing anything. Smart design will be used to maximise space and light, with all bungalows benefiting from private outdoor areas, sleek and contemporary bathrooms and high-spec kitchens and appliances.
Low maintenance is a key part of our Retirement Living. Your service charge will cover aspects of window cleaning to front windows only, the access road and landscaping to front gardens, So, with all this taken care of, you'll have more free time to enjoy the things you love.
The bungalows will be situated within walking distance (just 6 minutes) of the wide variety of amenities available in Garstang town centre and just 2 minutes' walk from the Lancaster Canal towpath. In addition to a wide range of shops, including a choice of supermarkets, many independent boutiques and several local delis and food producers, Garstang is home to various banks, healthcare facilities and hair and beauty salons. Plus, you'll find a wide range of eateries, from coffee shops and tea rooms to first-class restaurants and pubs.
As well as benefiting from a driveway, the bungalows will have easy access to public transport. In addition to regular bus services both south into Preston and north towards Lancaster, the A6 and M6 are both close by.
- Situated in a historic market town bordered by beautiful countryside
- A range of amenities close by including cafes, restaurants and shops
- Excellent transport links with easy access to surrounding towns and villages
- Expertly designed bungalows with ease of living in mind
- Private gardens
- Freehold properties
- Car parking
- Pets allowed
- Private rear gardens
- Near the countryside
- Maintained front gardens
The properties at this development are freehold
- Electricity, heating and lighting (communal areas)
- Future maintenance fund
- Water and sewage (communal areas and apartments)
- Professional fees
- Maintenance of building and gardens
- Emergency call system
- Building insurance
- Income to guest suites and sundry income
- Development staff
What's not included?
- Electricity, heating and lighting (apartments)
- Home and contents insurance
- Council Tax
- Phone / broadband
- Ground rent
- TV licence / TV service
Will costs increase after I move in? How are budgets set?
Our service charges are fixed on an annual cycle and reflect the costs of the services we procure on behalf of our homeowners.
We share the individual costs that make up the service charge with homeowners and outline the methods for calculating the resulting charge. The service charge for each year is agreed in consultation with homeowners through an open book budgeting process.
We do our very best to negotiate the best cost with third party service providers on behalf of our homeowners. As part of our system of checks and controls to ensure they are treated fairly, we regularly monitor service charges in our managed schemes against current market practices and third party providers to ensure we offer competitive rates. We have developed a simple chart to help Customers make a direct comparison for use during the sales process and a full breakdown of the service charge budget is available from our Sales teams and House Managers at all new developments
Is it more expensive to live in one of your apartments than my current home?
Many of our homeowners are pleased to find that the service charges for their apartment tend to work out at less than what they were paying in like-for-like costs at their previous property.
Energy bills often turn out to be lower thanks to the modern construction methods we use at all our developments. Your new apartment is also likely to be a more manageable size and so cheaper to run.
When Customers discuss the purchase of a McCarthy Stone apartment with us, they receive a service charge leaflet and our Sales Executive sits down with them to help them fill in the costs, review what is covered in the management services and compare them to day-to-day running costs in their current home. Our Sales Executive ensures that they have a detailed knowledge of ongoing costs before a sale is completed
Do I need to pay ground rent, how much is it and how is it set?
Ground Rents are fixed for 15 years. They are reviewed on the fifteenth anniversary of the date of commencement of the term and each successive fifteenth anniversary from that date. Increases are linked to either the movement in the Retail Price Index (RPI) since the last review, or if greater, by 2% per annum, and is compounded yearly.
There are differences between one and two bed apartments. McCarthy Stone sets the difference at a figure which it considers fairly reflects the size difference in apartments. While it would be possible to base the difference on actual square footage, this would be a complicated exercise and would lead to minor variations in ground rents between comparable apartments within any given development which would be administratively complex and could cause confusion.
The ground rent does not increase after the 125th anniversary even though our new leases are for a term of 999 years.
In January 2021, the Government announced plans for removing ground rents for all new retirement properties. These proposals have not become law and the Government is not proposing to make them retrospective. As these are proposals there will be no immediate change to how we sell our apartments, but this may change in the future.
Do your service charge budgets proposed at the start of the year prove to be accurate?
The service charge budgets represent those costs that would be expected to be incurred in a normal year of operation with a full development. It is the intention of McCarthy & Stone Management Services to ensure the service charge budgets are set as accurately as possible. Where possible, we try to keep annual increases in line with inflation although certain costs such as Utilities can have inflationary pressures that are outside of our control. Typically, our developments have shown a slight surplus to date, which is refunded each year to homeowners within six months of the end of the period.
Are there any fees that are payable on selling or letting?
It is important that customers do not face any unexpected financial burdens in their new home resulting from, for example, the need to undertake any major refurbishment or structural repairs on the development. In order to provide confidence that there is enough money available to meet this work, the service charge includes a small charge to help cover unexpected costs such as these. This is called the Contingency Fund, and is similar to a ‘sinking fund’. It is a specific fund kept in the development’s own bank account. It is held in trust and its use is restricted to the maintenance of that development and cannot be accessed by McCarthy Stone. It is there for the benefit of all homeowners and finances the replacement of carpets and furniture in the shared areas and longer-term repairs and renewals such as roofs, window frames and replacement of lifts.
In order to keep this weekly cost – and hence the service charge – to a minimum, the development’s specific Contingency Fund is ‘topped up’ by a one-off charge of 1% of the resale price upon the sale of the apartment, in addition to a small charge in the service charge.
With regard to subletting on leases prior to October 2014, we will charge a concessionary rate (irrespective of the provisions in the lease, which may be higher) of one month’s rent for each year that the apartment is sublet (or pro-rata for less than a year).
This is a concession from the terms of the lease which are in essence one month’s rent for each six month sublet period. This concession will apply for a maximum period of two years, after which time we will revert to the terms of the lease.
For leases from October 2014, the subletting contingency fee has been reduced to a contingency fee of 1% of the annual rent (or pro-rata for under-letting of less than one year). Where the underletting is for more than a year, the contingency fee is 1% of the annual rent payable annually on the anniversary of the commencement of the term.
There is also a small administration fee collected by MSMS / YLMS to cover their costs to check that the incoming occupier meets the terms of the deed of conditions (i.e. meets the age criteria and is capable of leading an independent life) and provide information about the development, the service charge and insurance. Contact our Property Transfer team on 01202 508299 for more details.
We are determined to provide positive resale values and to this end, we have changed dramatically since 2010 to make a big difference to our products and services. We have a dedicated resales team to deal with all future resales and to achieve the best prices, we also maintain an extensive database of prospects who are looking to buy our properties in the desirable areas we have located ourselves in over the past four decades.
Living in Garstang
Another of the town's accolades is that it was the world's first Fair Trade Town. A testament to the local community, in 2001, the mayor, all of the town's schools and faith groups and 95% of all businesses in Garstang signed a pledge to buy and use Fair Trade and local produce. Now, following in Garstang's footsteps, there are 2167 Fair Trade Towns around the world and counting - no small achievement for a humble Lancashire community.
What's more, the Forest of Bowland sits on Garstang's doorstep. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is so much to do and see here, from the impressive castle at Hornby to the wide expanses of the Beacon Fell Country Park.
It is also home to the iconic Trough of Bowland, one of the most well-known stretches of countryside in Lancashire, and the circular walk known as the 'Tolkien Trail', which guides walkers through the landscapes that inspired the author during his regular visits here. Plus, for the foodies among you, the Inn at Whitewell isn't one to be missed - as well as having won multiple awards, this hotel and restaurant was featured on The Trip with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.
Garstang High Street is just 0.6 miles away from the development. Here you can find local craft shops and convenience stores, as well as a weekly market on Thursdays.
The High Street is also home to Garstang & District Arts Centre. Only 0.6 miles away, here you’ll find regular activity groups like the Bridge Class, Poetry Appreciation and the Garstang Wine Circle.
Getting to Location
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