One in four people in UK have never spoken to their neighbours – but residents at this Derbyshire housing development are an exception

A RECENT survey found that a staggering one in four people in the UK had never spoken to their neighbour. But Deer Park residents Dave and Pam Rogers and neighbour Susan King enjoy each other’s company so much, that they are regularly seen out together.

Deer Park neighbours Susan King and Pam Rogers  regularly chat over the fence of their brand-new home. Penguin PR: public relations, media and communications

The Rogers were among the first residents to move into Deer Park; an exclusive development of 30 three and four-bedroom homes in Ripley which boast an enviable semi-rural location.

The pair moved 50-odd miles from their home in Nuneaton to Deer Park, so that they could be closer to grandson Hal. They knew little about the area – but neighbour Susan King, who has lived in Ripley for 33 years, has introduced them to nearby nature reserves, garden centres and even a local book club.

Susan said: “Susan said: “I feel that I have struck lucky having Pam and Dave as neighbours. They are very friendly, and we have the same interests.

“We take in each other’s parcels if we are out. We frequently chat over the back-garden fence. (Ginnis’ clever back garden fences have narrow gaps which are friendlier than a solid fence).

“While we don’t live in each other’s pockets and I haven’t got to the stage of borrowing a cup of sugar, we do see each other most days as we come and go, and I have needed to ‘borrow’ a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda when I realised that I had thrown away my last carton before I moved and not replaced it. I needed it for the ginger cake I was making.”

Deer Park residents have spoken of a real sense of community – and developers Ginnis New Homes are keen to get support local projects.

They made a substantial donation to nearby primary school, Ripley St John’s CoE, who were looking to add new books to their library, while, just last month, Ginnis New Homes presented Ripley Netball Club with a cheque as they celebrate their 25th anniversary.

Marketing manager Darren Farnan said: “Community is very, very important to us and we are proud to support these projects.

“We’re also pleased to hear of the blossoming friendship between Dave and Pam Rogers and neighbour Susan King. A good sense of community helps to develop valued relationships and share experiences. We like to think that we have spirit here at Deer Park.”

The development is based just off Coach Road, close to the Derbyshire Police and Fire Headquarters, and promises to offer residents the very best blend of countryside and town living.

Not only does it provide views across the Amber Valley, the development is just minutes away from Sainsbury’s supermarket in Bridle Lane and a short drive into the centre of Ripley.

Each Deer Park home mixes modern living with traditional features, including high ceilings, period-style windows, open-plan kitchens, downstairs WCs and built-in storage space.

There are several incentives for those wishing to purchase a Deer Park home this summer, with up to £500 of your legal fees paid and a £500 garden centre voucher. Reductions have been made to selected properties, which also include up to £12,000-worth of extras included.

And Deer Park have also put together a Retirement Interest Only (RIO) mortgage package with help from financial experts Oviso, which is designed to meet a number of important needs in retirement.

The show home at Deer Park is open every Thursday from 4-5.30pm and Saturday (midday-4.30pm). For further information contact Home2Sell on 01773 512556, Boxall Brown & Jones on 01773 880788 or visit


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