The second phase of Quinn Estates’ successful Hammill Park site recently achieved planning permission with a hybrid application. The site includes outline planning for 18 serviced-plot homes, together with permission for a pair to Victorian engine sheds.
One shed has detailed planning permission to be converted into a terrace of five homes, with the other being permissioned for a work-space.
Quinn Estates will act as contractor for both sheds, with flexibility that the work space can also be purchased as a self-conversion opportunity.
Nearly all the first phase of Hammill Park is built (shown above), with the final designs varying across the site. These include a smart, restrained palette that embraces modern interpretations of period homes, Kent vernacular and subtle contemporary designs.
“With the second phase of Hammill Park, we’re giving the plot-purchasers the choice of using our architects to make the process simpler, which we’ve not done before,” said Mark Quinn, Chairman of Quinn Estates.
“This gives homeowners the chance to streamline the custom build process as the architects are familiar with our processes and the design codes. But of course, purchasers are also free to source their own architects and contractors.”
Boughton Park, Quinn Estates’ other serviced-plot site, is currently being built out after quickly selling out. The first homes are scheduled for completion early in the New Year.
Unlike Hammill Park, where the individual homes were granted outline planning permission, Quinn Estates chose to follow a detailed planning permission at Boughton. This included the opportunity to resubmit plans for minor amendments, which eight out of the 14 did.
Like all of Quinn Estates’ customisable sites, the company requires any new or amended plans to be submitted to them prior to being lodged with the council.
This ensures plans reflect the feel of the estate, and offers other builders assurance with regards to the management of the site-wide design process.
“The Detailed Planning Permission made Boughton Park a far more straight-forwards site to bring on,” said Quinn.
“When you’re selling plots with outline permission, there can be concern by the potential purchasers about what they’ll end up living next to. So the Detailed Planning route offers more security.
“This is why Design Codes are so important on sites with OPP, as they enable you to set the volumes in terms of height, volumes and numbers of bedrooms.”
Quinn Estates’ policy of requiring sign off on any amended plans is a simple, yet effective route to offering security to planners and purchasers alike about the quality of any designs.
This means the vision of the site can be maintained while still easily enabling residents to customise their exteriors. This offers reassurance that any changes won’t negatively impact the site, and possible later re-sale values.