Seen it so many times Alex, when people want a new house (that is new to them) nothing seems to stop them in their enthusiasm.
Kite mad peole pick houses under power lines, them with three kids miles from schools, people with cats next to busy roads, those who can't walk too far miles from the bus stops, of course, not really, but with newly built housing, it's easy to be swayed by 'deals' and plans and the chat of the sales person whi usually is not that well informed anyway. Probably why half of Abbey Meads changed hands in the first two years. I know this because I was trying to keep on top of leaflet delivery at the time.
I think that the part of Wichelstowe they have built looks very nice, and they might not have a any facilites, but they have a cracking stretch of canal and pretty decent (albiet not mature) nature area and a school. In other words, if you have to be miserable, it's a decent enough place to be miserable in.
They keep telling us the schools should be the heart of the community and that one could prove it's worth.