Teignbridge District Council’s planning committee has achieved a resolution to grant consent for a custom build development at a Highweek, near Newton Abbot, for 20 homes at Howton Road.
Part of the NA1 development allocation, the site borders land allocated in the Local Plan at Howton Road. The site unlocks a new road, which will create access for 1,150 new homes for Houghton Barton. This delivered a piece of planning white space as a result of the road leaving a corner of the field unallocated.
Teignbridge worked with George Marshall of Devon County Council to bring forward the planning application, using this land. A series of terraces and semi-detached units are planned for the development, making the most of its triangular site.
The Teignbridge Rule means that 5% of all developable housing land is allocated for custom and self-build on larger sites. Consequently, in addition to the 20-home Howton Road site, the Teignbridge Rule will result in 50 serviced custom build plots as part of the larger development.
Council Leader Jeremy Christophers is a keen advocate of the route, and is currently an ambassador for NaCSBA’s Right To Build Task Force.
“Granting planning permission on Howton Road has paved the way for a scheme where families will be able to design the homes they want to live in,” said Christophers. “We expect the development to shine a light on how others can successfully deliver custom and self-build schemes across Teignbridge and beyond.”
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Charles Acland, Self-build Officer at Teignbridge District Council said, “Using Homes England (previously HCA) loan funding, council officers were able to negotiate the land purchase for realignment of the proposed link road. This enabled both a significant saving in engineering works and created a portion of land at Howton Road suitable to provide further custom build homes in the district.”
“The Homes England funding has enabled us to secure land and gain consent for 20 plots, which is great news for those on our self build register,” adds Acland.
The current vision is that people will be able to buy a plot and a build package from a developer, but Teignbridge is still in discussions about the offer package, and remains open to expressions of interest from developers.
“We’re keen to capture learning from this site as it offers scope to create a showcase development for Teignbridge,” said Acland.
“It offers the opportunity for it to be a design exemplar to establish what can be achieved with custom build, so that we can show future potential buyers, landowners, and developers what custom build can look like,” he says.
“The intention is to demonstrate to both buyers and the sector the benefits of custom build as a route to home ownership that really diversifies housing supply.”
This is great news for Teignbridge, as it represents a stand-alone site to complement the number of percentage sites starting to crop up across the council’s jurisdiction. Having a built-out exemplar site enables a council to showcase what can be achieved, both inspiring the public and enthusiasts within the sector, but also in that it can help allay fears that custom build will be unruly.