Welcome to our exhibition which invites you to comment on the draft proposals for 14 custom built homes at land off Cuckoofield Lane, Bracon Ash.
Community consultation is important to us and we encourage you to complete one of our feedback forms after you have reviewed the draft proposals on display.
Your views will be fully considered before the plans are finalised and submitted to South Norfolk Council in the coming weeks.
Members of the project team are on hand to answer any questions that you may have.
Thank you for your time.
Key Features of the Development
Modern housing developments can sometimes lack distinctiveness and the choice of homes available for purchase is often limited.
The scheme at Cuckoofield Lane seeks to address this. It would make available plots of land with planning permission for sale to people wanting to build their own homes. Four affordable plots would also be provided. The landowners are currently seeking a housing association partner for delivering the affordable homes within the development.
Key features of the scheme
Makes more efficient use of land
Well designed homes
Sustainable drainage systems
Well situated to take advantage of local public transport links
Employ local builders
Carefully selected materials
Low carbon footprint
Provide homes of excellent quality for local people
10 market dwellings
4 affordable homes
We would welcome your comments on the design options
Self-Build + Custom Housebuilding
Self-build and custom housebuilding projects are both concerned with the homeowner taking control and building a house which addresses their individual needs, moving away from the ‘standard model’ of generic speculative developments.
In custom housebuilding the homeowner still controls the design and delivery of their own home, but much of the hard work is done by a specialist enabler. The enabler can get involved at an early stage and can assist throughout the process, from finding a suitable plot through to assistance with design, planning permission, specification and construction.
Self and custom housebuilding both offer the opportunity to create distinctive new homes which respond specifically to the local context and individual needs, whilst also offering the potential to save money at every stage of the development process when compared to a traditional, developer-led model.
The Benefits of Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding
The custom and self build model allows the landowner to sell directly to the end-user, ensuring a high quality of development for occupiers and other local residents. This leads to a series of beneficial outcomes for each and every stakeholder
More affordability: self and custom housebuilding can save money and
Bespoke: build the house that exactly fits one’s requirements
Local and wider community:
Employment benefits – custom build construction is geared towards local businesses and smaller building firms, who have suffered as the big companies have grown. Local builders bring local benefit as well as innovation, diversification and higher build quality.
Sustainable: Designs based on actual need; self & custom builders care more about eco-credentials and tend to remain longer in one place (reducing the waste from refurbishments). Custom built homes are more likely to include the owners’ future requirements and reduces the chance of ad-hoc extensions.
Better communities: Combining all the employment, landscape and sustainability issues together with the extra care and commitment selfbuilders put into their homes will lead to the growth of sustainable neighbourhoods encouraging safer, stronger and happier communities.
Custom built homes are generally built more quickly and to a higher quality than other homes
Residents wanting to build these homes can remain local
Site Location & Design Principles
The site extends to approximately 1.7 hectares in area and is situated at the eastern edge of Bracon Ash, within easy reach of Mulbarton. The site currently benefits from pedestrian access onto Cuckoofield Lane and is well connected to the nearby settlement of Mulbarton by a public footpath.
Neighbouring the site to the west is a site, which has recently been granted planning permission for the erection of five detached dwellings with associated access and garaging. To the east of the site are agricultural fields.
Mulbarton and Bracon Ash are currently described as Service Villages within the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) for Broadland, Norwich and South Norfolk (2014).
The main part of the site is well screened from Cuckoofield Lane. A newly planted buffer is proposed along the entire length of the eastern site boundary providing further screening and enhanced biodiversity. The access off Cuckoofield Lane has been carefully planned to ensure that the visibility splays meet current standards.
Innovative solutions would ensure dwellings are of the highest standard of design.
GNLP Site Submission
In March 2018, the land south of Cuckoofield Lane, Bracon Ash was put forward as part of the Greater Norwich Local Plan consultation progress. This was done to highlight the applicant’s intention for the site and to get feedback from the council. The council’s Housing and Economic Availability Assessment (HEELA) stated the site was suitable for the development of 14 dwellings.
Once the application is submitted South Norfolk Council will check the submission to ensure they have all the information necessary to make a decision. A case officer will be appointed.
Commenting on the submission
Once validated, the application will be given a reference number and will be open for comments for a 21 day period. South Norfolk Council will advertise when a planning application is submitted and details of how to comment.
From the date of validation, South Norfolk Council will aim to make a decision within 13 weeks. For further information on the South Norfolk Council decision making process, please visit the South Norfolk website.
If the outline application is considered favourably by the Council the matters reserved for consieration at the reserved matters stage would need to be approved before the commencement of construction on site. The matters reserved for consideration at a later date would include the following: appearance, layout, landscaping and scale.