The unlikely enablers: How one family went from self builders to custom build developers

Long Four Acres is a development of 15 serviced plots in Bracon Ash, Norfolk, which has been enabled by current landowners: Karen and Kevin Keable, with support from BuildStore, Custom Build Homes, and Lanpro. Today, it may feel like the site was meticulously planned from the start, although in reality, their project bears little resemblance to the Keables' original plan.

Two years ago, Karen and Kevin were looking into the possibility of building a home on the land behind their Grade II listed farmhouse. However, when they approached their consultants for advice on how best to achieve planning permission, they discovered that their proposal was unlikely to gain the approval they sought. The five acre site was considered too large for just one home, and therefore, what seemed at the time to be a radical alternative was proposed. They would divide the land into 15 parts, each one allowing another person to achieve their dream of creating their own home.

The couple quickly became excited by this new opportunity to welcome like-minded people to Long Four Acres and together create a small community of custom builders. Karen, an acclaimed artist, has encouraged creativity and freedom of expression in the Design Code. The development allows each new resident as much flexibility as possible in the design, size and specification of each home. Karen hopes to create a community that allows every person to express themselves through their individual design, produced by their chosen architect or homebuilder. 

Sketch of Street Potential


Long Four Aces will also retain a sense of visual unity, as all designs must be based on the agreed Design Code. This sets out a variety of recommended building materials and makes clear the few rules that exist in respect of design and build, such as maximum height, principle frontage, and some expected landscaping requirements. Every plot has room for a generous garden, and residents will have a responsibility to plant and maintain native hedgerows which will bring this unique development together.

"It has been a fantastic experience to work alongside the Keables to deliver Long Four Acres to the market. The work done to date by the development team to create what has been a very smooth reservation and sales process has been superb. We are beginning to see the first house designs appear from some of the architects which have been instructed by the prospective buyers. I can't wait to see the new community take shape".  Tom Connor, BuildStore Custom Build 

If you would like to know more about how you can realise your self or custom build dream at Long Four Acres, please get in touch with us now, by clicking the link below. We have seven fantastic plots left, each with build zones large enough to build a family home with a garden stretching from the road to the rear boundary. Prices for serviced plots begin at £255,000.

For more information on this development, click here.




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