Planning secured for national large-scale custom build pilot project

Construction work will begin shortly on the 122 home custom build project at Park Prewett in Basingstoke. Basingstoke and Deane Council’s Development Control Committee has granted outline planning permission for the development at The Spinney, Aldermaston Road, Park Prewett, Basingstoke (Reference BDB/7477). Permission is subject to the completion of a Section 106 agreement and Conditions.

This Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) site will be developed by ZeroC. The developer will service the site and deliver a range of homes, from custom fit-out to self-build, under the ‘custom build’ enabler model.

There will be a range of house types comprising one and two bed flats, and two, three and four bed houses. Each of the homes can be customised to suit the buyer, including the option to increase the number of bedrooms from two to three and three to four, depending on unit type. Mortgages will also be offered through the developer. The site will also include 44 plots (36 per cent) for affordable housing, along with a few entirely self-build plots. The affordable housing will be brought forward through a registered provider on a custom build model.

Design quality will be delivered through a masterplan, Design Code and design ‘data sheets’. Detailed design (scale, layout, and landscape) will be secured through a reserved matters permission. This will be controlled through a Design Code and masterplan, which will set out the ‘rules’ for how the development will be designed. The Design Code will be implemented as part of a planning condition. The appearance of the homes will be governed by design data sheets which will be drawn up in accordance with the Design Code and masterplan and will also be implemented as part of a planning condition. The Council will then use them to discharge the conditions as each plot is developed.

park-prewett-basingstoke-2 The 122 home Park Prewett site is understood to be the second largest custom build project in the UK, behind Cherwell District Council’s Graven Hill development (about 1,900 homes). An interesting aspect of the Basingstoke scheme is its wide mix of tenures and custom build models. The Park Prewett site was allocated for housing in the Borough’s Local Plan. The HCA acquired the site from the Highways Agency, in its role as the government’s land, housing and regeneration agency for England. In 2016 it appointed ZeroC as the preferred developer to bring the site forward as a national pilot for larger scale custom build housing.

Construction work is already underway on the HCA’s other main custom build site at Heartlands Pool, Cornwall (54 homes) which is being delivered by Carillion-igloo.

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