Outline planning has been granted for 15 serviced plots on the edge of Mulbarton in Norfolk, by South Norfolk Council.
The development at Long Four Acres resides in the village of Mulbarton, on the border of Bracon Ash, just 25 minutes from central Norwich.
The site is owned by private landowners, Karen and Kevin Keable, who are enabling the site and will personally build and live on the development, while Custom Build Solutions, a BuildStore company, are providing support and various enabling services to help the Keable’s facilitate the development.
The site is in the process of arranging the required infrastructure funding through Homes England, to enable plot purchasers to begin building on plots with all services, including roads and utilities, already in place.
Offers have already been accepted on six plots at Long Four Acres. The plots are exclusively marketed by Custom Build Homes on their new online sales platform, which launched earlier this month. The remaining nine plots are currently available to buy on the platform and are priced between £255,000 and £300,000 for land varying between 1,000m2 and 1515m2 square metres.
Custom Build Homes has assembled a Support Team of some of the the UK’s leading providers of design, planning and technical support for plot purchasers to utilise, should they require professional assistance to build their new homes.
The Support Team for Long Four Acres has been created with local and national assistance, with industry recognised experts on board, including Allan Corfield from AC Architects, Oakwrights, D&M Homes and the award-winning Facit Homes, as well as local interior design expert Paula Grundy.
Each plot comes with a specific Design Code and Plot Passport to help the custom builders understand the permitted flexibility of house design and materials.
The Design Code, which enables the new residents to create a home of varying sizes and numbers of bedrooms, provides certainty of design quality and consistency throughout the site. It also sets out the overall landscape parameters for each home and adopts a landscape-led approach to ensure the homes have minimal impact on neighbouring areas.
Custom Build Solutions has also arranged pre-agreed lending provision through BuildStore Mortgage Services and their exclusive lending panel. All prospective purchasers are subject to an assessment of their current financial position and a pre-build review with BuildStore’s dedicated advisers, to ensure they receive the best possible advice for funding their new custom build home.
To build, the homes are expected to cost between £1,300 and £1,500 per square metre. Future development is also permitted under the condition that any additional works do not exceed the original build footprint of the plot, as per the Plot Passport. This is an attractive proposition to young families who may wish to find a plot where there is the possibility to grow and increase the size of their home at a later date.
The completed homes are expected to have an end value of between £750,000 and £915,000, with the purchasers potentially realising 10 to 20% retained equity against the value of their new home.
Karen and Kevin Keable commented on the scheme: “It has always been our dream to build our own home. With Long Four Acres we have had the added benefit of being able to design a small development with a lovely leafy, country feel; large gardens, hedges, spacious grass verges and a tree lined avenue. We are proud of Long Four Acres and of giving other families the opportunity to build their own homes in this beautiful environment. We are very excited to see Long Four Acres develop.”
Tom Connor, Head of Operations at BuildStore Custom Build, also commented: “Long Four Acres is a unique development which has been expertly enabled by Kevin and Karen Keable. There are very few custom build developments in the UK which have been truly designed with the plot purchaser in mind and where diversity of design is championed from start to finish. We have really enjoyed the work our Solutions and Homes teams have been able to do to help bring the site forward and we look forward to evolving our own practices, as we head further towards people beginning on site.”