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Reservation Fee Refund - Persimmon Homes

Hi all,

Hoping someone can help -

Long story short - I reserved a house via Persimmon Homes and paid the £500 reservation fee. The following week planning permission was sought for a 55 pitch permanent gypsy / traveller site, opposite the property's back garden.

After much deliberation I have pulled out of the house sale - and am entitled to only half (£250) of the reservation back.

However - i do not believe due process was followed by Persimmon as they rushed me into paying the £500 - and 9 days later actually ran a pre-reservation meeting, where everything was discussed in detail. Between those two things happening, site notices and adverts for the planning application were displayed. As such, had Persimmon waited to take our fee until they completed the "pre-reservation checklist" - we would have known about the planning application and not reserved (and would not be down £250 as a result).

Any advice would be very much appreciated! :)

Dates below:

18/03 Planning application forgypsy / traveller site submitted
14/04 Planning applicationvalidated
19/04 We paid £500 reservation fee
22/04 Site Notice and advertsdisplayed
27/04 Pre-reservation meeting andchecklist / folder provided


  • ethank
    ethank Posts: 2,197 Forumite
    Holiday Haggler I've been Money Tipped!
    Most big sites now have to include an allocation for travellers pitches. They should have told you, but most would wait for this to come up in the searches.
  • bclark
    bclark Posts: 882 Forumite
    ethank wrote: »
    Most big sites now have to include an allocation for travellers pitches. They should have told you, but most would wait for this to come up in the searches.

    I have never ever heard of this at all! Are you claiming that MOST big housing developments have to include an allocation for a travellers camp? Are you able to provide a link to back that up?
  • martindow
    martindow Posts: 10,232 Forumite
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    You have really had a lucky escape as this is a major issue for many people and could affect the values of these houses. I don't know if there is much future in trying to get your £250 back - maybe it is best to be relieved that you know about this now and are not further on in the process with much more to lose.
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