We all know how important it is to live near a good school. But latest research shows that it can add a premium of up to £200,000 to the price of a home. At Bargate, our ethos has always been to build the right homes in those places where people want to live, and we know that high on their list of considerations is the catchment area of a good school. We have seen this first hand with our Allbrook Meadow development in Allbrook which is in the catchment area for the highly regarded Thornden School. All 50 of our family homes were built, sold and occupied within a year, with nearly all our buyers citing the school as a major appeal. We’ve also recently gained planning permission for 17 homes in White Tree Farm, Fair Oak, and have received a huge number of inquiries from people with young families keen to be on the doorstep of excellent schools such as Fair Oak Infants and Fair Oak Juniors. Sales and Marketing Director Robert Lambie said: “Building the right home is not just about how it looks, it’s about understanding what people want from their home. These days where schools’ performances vary so widely, being near a good one is often at the top of most people’s lists and is certainly a consideration for Bargate when looking at where we build.”