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Location checklist: how to find your dream Galliers home

If you’re thinking of buying a new home, chances are you already have a pretty good idea what you want. From the number of bedrooms and bathrooms to style and colour of your ideal kitchen, complete with gleaming worktops and mod-cons. That’s all important stuff. But perhaps the most important factor in choosing a home isn’t what it is, but where it is.

The right location turns a great home into a dream home.

“Your home is where you live, but your location is why you live there.”

Dream homes start with dream locations 

Whenever we consider a new development, we start with our land team (we like to call them the ‘dream team’). Their job is to pinpoint the most highly sought-after locations. Places that offer the perfect balance of space, serenity, activity and fun.

So, straight from the experts, here are the top three things they insist on when deciding where we should build our famously fabulous new homes. And which you should insist on too when you’re making one of life’s biggest and most exciting decisions: where to live.

Forton Newport

1. Attractive, mood-boosting surroundings

It’s well known that our surroundings enhance our sense of wellbeing – but why wait for the weekend to go in search of uplifting scenery when you can have it on your doorstep every day?

Shropshire has some of the most beautiful countryside, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Shropshire hills, as well as hillforts, castles, the UNESCO World Heritage Ironbridge Gorge and charming historic market towns.

Located in the rolling hills of the Shropshire countryside, in an enviable position in the historic market town of Newport, Forton Gate has been thoughtfully designed to complement the local area and lies just two miles from a National Nature Reserve.

2. Proximity to the amenities that matter

Living in the countryside doesn’t mean going without the convenience of shops, schools and leisure activities. Pick the right location and you’ll have access to everything you need and more.

Shopping and leisure

Look for settings with an abundance of facilities close at hand. It’s also worth considering how easy it is to get to neighbouring towns and cities, with their wider range of boutiques, supermarkets, restaurants and attractions.


Schools will be high on any parent’s wishlist, so they’re on ours too. You can use the government’s website to search for schools in any location and see their Ofsted rating.

With a choice of several primary schools, two selective state secondary schools, a large community comprehensive and independent schooling, Newport is a popular choice for growing families.


Don’t forget to check out road and rail connections to the bigger cities – vital for making travelling and commuting a breeze. Are there bus services? Where’s the nearest train station?

Newport has excellent local transport links. With ready access to the M54 and M6 motorways and direct train links to Shrewsbury, Birmingham and London, the excitement of the city is never far away.

Newport Town
Harper Adams

3. A sense of community

We believe that the best homes aren’t built around a plan, but around people.

Recent times have reminded us just how important our neighbours are – the feeling of knowing there are people nearby who are looking out for each other. And even in more normal times, how lovely it is to be surrounded by families with kids the same age as yours and your own friends just a short walk away.

That’s why we choose locations that are home to an existing community.  Somewhere with local amenities, communal activities and a true neighbourly spirit.

With a diverse range of schools, high street shops, pubs and restaurants at your fingertips, Forton Gate puts you right in the middle of an active community.

This is a stunning new collection of three and four-bedroom homes, set on the edge of the town of Newport. A place where you can feel you belong from the day you move in.


Where will you fall in love?

Our mission is to build beautiful homes in great locations. Places that people will fall in love with.

If you’re considering a fresh new start in a brand new home, why not explore all the developments we have available?