Brothers become Coppice neighbours

Andy and Matty Smith
Andy and Matty Smith

A LEADING Charles Church development has scored top marks with a former Saints and his brother.

PE teacher Andy Smith is celebrating after taking his first step onto the property ladder and moving into a stunning two bedroom apartment at The Coppice in Billinge, Wigan.

And 27-year-old Andy has had no difficulty in getting to know his neighbours – his younger brother, Matty, ex-St Helens scrum half, now with Salford City Reds, lives just around the corner!

Andy says: “I was interested in The Coppice even before Matty moved there. It’s a lovely development in a very nice area and I thought it would be reasonably close to where I work and an ideal place for me to live.

“But I was renting at the time and, being a first-time buyer, I knew I was going to struggle to get onto the property ladder.

“I’d been looking to buy for a couple of years but I was finding it difficult to save the deposit for the kind of property I wanted.”

Thankfully Charles Church held the solution to Andy’s problems with its Government-backed HomeBuy Direct scheme. The scheme assists households which earn less than £60,000, who could not otherwise afford to purchase a suitable property unassisted on the open market, to buy a home.

Andy said: “The HomeBuy Direct scheme made all the difference. I was able to afford a very nice ground floor apartment which suits me down to the ground. Because of where it is located, it even includes its own private garden.”

And by the time Andy moved in to his spacious Mayfair apartment in September, his brother, Matty, and his partner, Jenny, had beaten him to it!

The couple also took advantage of the HomeBuy Direct scheme to move into an impressive three-storey Leicester house design, which boasts three bedrooms and a useful study.

The Coppice is an exclusive development located on the former site of Billinge Hospital comprising a superb range of new houses and apartments.

To find out more, please visit the marketing suite at The Coppice, Upholland Road, Billinge, Wigan or call 0844 902526. The marketing suite is open Thursday to Monday, from 10.30am - 5.30pm. Alternatively visit Charles Church www.charleschurch.com