02/03/21

Large scale custom build housing site to be determined by Essex planning authority

AUTHOR: TOM CONNOR

The emergence of custom build housing on smaller sites has been well documented following legislation passed in 2016 and successful pilot schemes by Custom Build Homes (CBH) and others.

We are delighted to have several larger sites on our radar and to be involved in the pre-enabling work that is required to support landowners and promoters to secure potential custom build development sites in local plans and achieve planning permission. 

Over the course of the previous 12 months we have been engaged by a SE of England based promoter to support them secure outline planning permission for 220 custom build homes, including 67 affordable homes, many of which will be delivered as intermediate affordable custom build homes, if permitted. 

Tom Connor, Founder at CBH said: 

“To continue to accelerate consumer understanding and demand for customised homes, the sector must be able to deliver housing at scale and at pace. We are excited to be able to support this scheme through the planning process as we believe it could really help to supply pent up demand from new home buyers for greater choice and affordable prices.”  

Our work to support the application to date has largely consisted to providing up to date demand assessments for custom and self-build housing in District and to shape the application to give confidence to planning officers as to the deliverability of the scheme as customised homes of varying types, sizes and affordable tenures. As such, we remain optimistic with regard to the planning outcome and we look forward to developing our plans for delivery further, together with all stakeholders. 

*Image credit: Land Logic Ltd