TKP in National Custom Build Pilot in Cornwall

June 10, 2014 9:53 pm Published by

Tetlow King Planning (TKP), together with HTA Design LLP, Trewin Design and URS, are advising on two planning applications for the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Carillion-Igloo Ltd and Coastline Housing Ltd to deliver an innovative development for up to 150 homes at Trevenson Park in Pool, Cornwall.

The project, which will regenerate old mining land, will deliver between 50 and 60 custom build properties along with a range of affordable housing.  It is part of a Government pilot launched in 2012 and England’s first large-scale custom build project.  Custom build is central to the national Housing Strategy and specifically encouraged in the recently published national Planning Practice Guidance (March 2014).  The Government sees it as playing an important role in enhancing and diversifying the house building industry – improving the quantity, quality and choice of new supply.

The project team has worked extensively with Cornwall Council to prepare the applications which are due to be submitted by the end of June 2014.  An outline layout and design code has been developed to provide some parameters for the custom build including the location of plots on the site, landscaping and maximum building heights. The affordable housing, which will be one of Coastline’s largest developments to date, will be subject of a detailed planning application and will cater for a range of local needs with shared ownership and 54 homes for rent, including some allocated specifically for people aged 50 years or above and/or in receipt of higher disability living allowance.

If approved, work will start on the homes in late 2014. Carillion-Igloo will open a Plot Shop for prospective purchasers to select a plot, choose their preferred house builder from a diverse panel, and design and build a home of their own.  Independent mortgage advice will also be available at the Plot Shop.