THREE contracts from property developers to sell almost £5 million of new homes in York have been won by estate agents Lancaster Samms.

The contracts are to sell a total of 11 newly-developed terraced town houses, all within half a mile of each other in Heworth, for local independent residential property developers.

The three schemes are Minster Walk which comprises three, three-bedroom terraced town houses with a total value of £1.2 million developed by Alcuin Homes on the site of a former pub car park; eight three and four bedroom town houses at Heworth Parade, in Mill Lane, with a total value of £3.1 million built on the site of a former garage by Manor House Developments.

The third scheme is two Victorian town houses on the site of a former bank at East Parade which have been totally refurbished by the Skelton Consultancy and have a total value of £740.000.

Charlie Lancaster, joint founder and director Lancaster Samms, based in High Petergate, said: “We pride ourselves on providing a high level of service and this works particularly well with distinctive, high-quality local properties created by small independent developers.

“These homes are among the first wave of independent residential schemes to come onto the market during the last few years following the shortage of development funding after the banking crisis.

"Homes developed by local independent businesses are generally very good for retaining York’s distinctive character and we are delighted to have been appointed. There is considerable buyer interest in all three schemes and we are already agreeing house sales off plan.”