New-build homes and housing developments have, for some considerable time, been dubbed unattractive, devoid of character and charm and inconveniently located in picturesque countryside towns and villages. This week Oxford Mail's community reporter Matthew Norman @OxMailMattN1 has reported that a further 500 new homes could be built next to London Oxford Airport. Perfectly located near the A34 and M40, this addition of new-build homes in the area would welcome and attract a diverse new audience to the area but, of course, not all will welcome this large scale development. 

*Spoiler alert* - I could not disagree more. 

Research from FJP Investment uncovered that 50% of Brits feel new-build homes are unattractive; 67% believe too many new-builds are affordable and high-end; 57% dismiss new-builds because they think they are inconveniently located and a further 60% worry new-build are finished to a poor standard. Fortunately, I stand in the majority camp with many home buyers also drawing positives from new-builds: 75% praise the modern facilities and 70% say they are more energy efficient. 

I am a countryside fanatic and at one point could be seen campaigning against new-build developments, however as a first time buyer looking to purchase my first home I was unfortunately forced out of the idealistic country cottage category and encouraged into the new-build market with fantastic financial incentives, convenient travel links, local amenities and a plush new energy efficient home. I have owned a new-build for two years and never looked back. 

These 500 new homes will, if approved, be built and situated within a 10 mile radius of Blenheim Palace and are therefore likely to demand a very high price. As with all prospective developments I am excited to see the innovation and ideals posed by the developer to tackle local concern, environmental aspects and affordable local housing projects.