As Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and valuers we have carried out Building Surveys (formerly known as a Structural Survey) and RICS Homebuyer Surveys (commonly referred to as a Homebuyer Report) in Peterborough and Oundle for over 15 years.
Housing in Peterborough
Peterborough lies at the extreme western edge of the East Anglia fens and the local topography is flat and low-lying with some places below sea level. Human settlement dates back to the Bronze age. The population grew rapidly following the arrival of the railways in the 19th century and became a centre for brick manufacturing.
After the First World War, Peterborough City Council began building ‘homes fit for heroes’ – council housing for working people, which increased growth in the city. Throughout the 20th century the city expanded to incorporate many places such as Walton, Newark and Fletton, which had formerly been entirely separate villages.
Growth was then limited until it was designated a new town in 1967. Peterborough Development Corporation together with the city and local council developed new townships for the London over spill. These were Bretton, the Ortons, Paston, Werrington and the most recent Hampton.
Bretton was created as the City’s first township and much of the property was constructed in the 1970’s. These were a mix of both private and PDC housing. To the west of Bretton is an area of private housing constructed in the 1980’s. Orton was the second township to be constructed after Bretton and comprises of the ancient villages of Orton Waterville and Orton Longueville, together with the newer developments of Orton Brimbles, Orton Goldhay, Orton Malbourne, Orton Southgate, Orton Wistow and most recently Orton Northgate.
Orton Goldhay’s housing development was laid out in the 1970’s by PDC and was the second township to be developed.
Orton Wistow is an area of privately developed housing originally laid out in the 1980’s and completed in the early 1990’s.
The latest part of the Ortons is Orton Northgate and is the fastest growing and has the most recently constructed housing. This area previously formed part of the East of England Showground site and a number of properties have the benefit overlooking the remaining parts.
Hampton was a former site of the brick pits and was also used for storage of household waste. It was later filled in with pulverised fly ash.
Orton Brimbles is an area of mixed public and private sector housing dating almost entirely from the 1980’s.
Until the 1960’s Orton Lonugeville was a village separated from Peterborough by open farm land.
Longthorpe is a village in the City of Peterborough and is one of the most popular areas to live containing properties of varying age and style. Thorpe Hall in Longthorpe is a grade 1 listed building. There arre also a number of other listed buildings including the Old Manor House.
Originally Werrington was a village and was engulfed in the mid twentieth century as the city expanded. There are two distinct areas of Werrington, the village and new Werrington.
Local Property Issues in Peterborough
Peterborough is not within the coal fields and, therefore, there are no problems with ground stability caused by coal mining past or present. There are areas of shrinkable clays and in some locations leaving the properties vulnerable to subsidence. This can also be exacerbated by the dense tree planting. Trees and shrubs take large amounts of water out of the ground causing clay subsoils to shrink. These tend to be isolated issues and are not widespread. However, a Homebuyer Survey or Building Survey will advise you of any past or present subsidence issues.
A common cause of movement in property is defective drains particularly experienced again in older property. As most of Peterborough consists of modern property this is not a widespread problem.
In summary, most houses can be susceptible to some form of movement whether it be initial shrinkage and settlement for more serious forms such as subsidence. It is the purpose of the Building Survey or Homebuyer Report to identify any form of movement and to determine whether it is ongoing serious problem.
Given the low-lying ground levels it’s not surprising parts of Peterborough have been flooded in the past but there are no recently recoded problems.
Types of construction in Peterborough
Most properties in Peterborough are of traditional masonry construction. Since the early 1970’s a significant number of timber framed properties have been constructed by both the Peterborough Development Corporation and private construction companies. Homebuyer Reports are suitable for both these types of construction. There are a few properties of non traditional construction. These are mainly in Paston where a number of houses built by the Peterborough Development Corporation are of Cast in-situ concrete. Homebuyer reports are unsuitable for non traditional forms of housing and if you are considering buying one then you will need a Building Survey.
A new development of low energy houses are being built near the football ground. These are constructed to the 2015 Building regulations and have additional wall insulation, low air leakage and ventilation systems which incorporate heat recovery equipment.
Homesurv Ltd’s coverage of Peterborough
We cover post codes PE1, PE2, PE3, PE4, PE5, PE6, PE7 and PE8.
- Bretton PE3
- Dogsthorpe PE1
- Deepings, Thorney and Eye PE6
- Castor and Ailsworth PE5
- Eastfield PE1
- Eastgate PE1
- Fengate PE1
- Fletton PE2
- Gunthorpe PE4
- The Hamptons PE7
- Longthorpe PE3
- Millfield PE1
- Netherton PE3
- Newark PE1
- New England PE1
- The Ortons PE2
- Oundle and surrounding Villages PE8
- Parnwell PE1
- Paston PE4
- Ravensthorpe PE3
- Stanground PE2
- Walton PE4