Welcome to our exhibition which invites you to comment on the draft proposals for 10 custom build homes at Norwich Road, Stoke Holy Cross.
Community consultation is important to us and we would encourage you to review the draft proposals on display and email over any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your views will be fully considered before the plans are finalised and submitted to South Norfolk District Council in the coming weeks.
Thank you for your time.
Project Architects: Hudson Architects.
Norwich Policy Area Map
SITE LOCATION PLAN
PROPOSED HOUSING SITES SUBMITTED TO SOUTH NORFOLK COUNCIL FOR CONSIDERATION IN THE GREATER NORWICH LOCAL PLAN (REG 18 CONSULTATION 2018)
INTRODUCING SELF AND CUSTOM HOUSEBUILDING
Self Build and custom housebuilding are both concerned with the home-owner taking control and building a house which addresses their individual needs, moving away from the ‘standard model’ of speculative developments:
in self build developments the home-owner takes overall responsibility and initiates the plot finding, design and even the build themselves
in custom housebuilding projects the home-owner still controls the making of their own home, but much of the hard work is done by a
specialist, called an 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 & custom build developments 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 the home owner money at every stage of the development process when compared to a
traditional, developer-led model.
“The Government is committed to taking steps to ‘fix the broken housing market’ by supporting Custom Build homes
with greater access to land and finance, giving more people more choice over the design of their home”
This would ensure that individuals purchasing the plots would have some scope to influence the design and appearance of their homes.
A Design Code will be submitted with the application to set these parameters
A DESIGN CODE: NORWICH ROAD, STOKE HOLY CROSS
Design codes provide a positive statement about the particular qualities of a place. Codes are focused around those design characteristics that are important to achieve, and they establish and firmly fix the ‘must have’ design elements. In doing so, codes help to provide continuity in quality and consistency over time.
Would you like to register your interest in a new plot to build your own home?
The custom & self build model allows the landowner to sell directly to the end-user, ensuring high quality of development for occupiers and other local residents. This leads to a series of beneficial outcomes for each and every stakeholder throughout the housing ecosystem:
More affordability: self & custom Build can save money and increase value
Bespoke: build the house that exactly fits as no two people are the same
Build a home that they will be proud of in the location they would like
Have more control of the destiny of their land (to fit theirs and the community needs)
Leave a legacy - Enjoy an improved financial return
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 stay longer (reducing the waste from refurbishments). This is more likely to include 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 self-builders put into their homes will lead to the growth of sustainable neighbourhoods encouraging safer, stronger
and happier communities.
Custom build homes are generally built more quickly and to a higher quality than other homes
Residents wanting to build these homes can remain local
The overall site area would be suitable for a much higher density of residential development.
Through careful consideration of the landscape and historical amenity, the developable site area has been significantly reduced.
The design progression has responded to the existing settlement grain along Norwich Road and views across the site.
The accessibility of the site has been evaluated as part of the design progression, with appropriate and safe access points identified.
RESPONSE TO DEVELOPMENT CONSTRAINTS
As a result of the feasibility stage assessment the site area has been significantly reduced to preserve important views, take account of access requirements and advice provided by the Council during early pre-application discussions. The findings of the sustainability appraisal outlined in the the recent Regulation 18 consultation on the Greater Norwich Local Plan have also been taken into account. The proposals will continue to evolve throughout the consultation process
RECOGNISING THE WIDER HISTORIC AND LANDSCAPE CONTEXT
SITE CONTEXT AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRESSION
It has been determined that the most suitable location for access is from Norwich Road, to the East of the site. Initial assessment of the site concludes that 70 - 90m visibility is achievable in both directions, which accords with the 30mph speed limit and speed survey data.
The site benefits from pedestrian footpath connections to existing facilities and services within a reasonable walking distance.
The transport note prepared as part of the design progression shows that there are no safety or capacity reasons why the site should not be suitable for residential development.
DEVELOPING A RESPONSIVE DESIGN STRATEGY
THE DESIGN RESPONSE
The proposed design responds to the physical and historical context, by:
strengthening, connecting and engaging with the sensitive landscape setting, by creating a context of housing typologies that respond
sympathetically to the site;
positively engaging with the historical setting of the adjacent Listed building and church;
the form and materials of the development will create a cohesive, and coherent whole to form positive relationship between owners
INDICATIVE CONCEPTUAL SITE LAYOUT
A development density of 7 dwellings per hectare is proposed, which is significantly less dense than the typical 23-30 dwellings per hectare proposed on other sites in the village