Homehaus | 11th June 2013 |
Around 1000 new homes have been earmarked for development in the UK’s largest self build scheme to date.
Graven Hill, a former Ministry of Defence site near Bicester, is set to be transformed by Cherwell District Council, after it was given planning permission for a total of 1,900 new homes – around half of which will involve varying degrees of self build - shops, a hostelry, community hall and commercial buildings.
Full details of the plans have yet to be made available and specific sites allocated for self build unlikely to be announced until next year. It is expected that there will be a number of self build options, from basic self-finish such as interior decoration, kitchen and bathroom fitting and external landscaping, right through to providing serviced plots to allow builders to construct a property from scratch.
Debbie Pickford, Cherwell's lead member for housing, indicated that the council wanted to replicate the approach adopted at the large self build project at Almere in The Netherlands. She said: "This is the kind of model that we'd like to bring to the UK. If the Government and everybody else do not get out of the clutches of the huge developers, we will never get house prices down."