Cross Nursery secures Outline Planning Permission

A collection of Custom Homes approved at Cross Nursery in Hertfordshire Green Belt.

Custom Build Homes has secured outline planning permission at Cross Nursery in Goffs Oak, Herfordshire with support from planning consultants Tetlow King Planning.

The derelict former horticultural nursery site located in a semi-rural location in the Hertfordshire Green Belt will soon make way for a new high quality housing community of 14 custom build homes set in a carefully designed landscape-dominated layout. Each “blank canvas” home will be detached and fully customisable.  Homes of varying sizes set in generously sized serviced building plots will be offered to homebuyers in 2023, giving them extensive freedoms around room layout, interior fixtures and fittings, green utilities and the opportunity to create “sweat equity” by participating in their home’s completion.

The application was approved in compliance with Broxbourne Borough Council’s positive local planning policies enabling suitably designed custom and self-build housing to come forward on former nursery sites in the Borough, despite being classified as inappropriate development under Government Green Belt policy. In making the planning case Custom Build Homes worked closely with Tetlow King to present a strong demand, viability and design-led case, with BuildStore and Custom Build Homes’ demand data being an important part of the planning arguments.

Custom Build Homes thanks the officers at Broxbourne Borough Council for their positive and consistent engagement to bring this innovative application to a timely determination.

Mario Wolf, Director of Planning at Custom Build Homes said:

We are delighted to have secured planning permission for our customisable homes range on this challenging green belt site. As a specialist enabler of custom build housing, we work closely with our landowner clients and local authorities to design high quality housing communities which maximise value and are sensitive to their local context. I look forward to further positive engagement with the Council as we implement the proposals to build the district’s first fully customisable housing scheme.

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