In Laying the Foundations – a Housing Strategy for England, the Government announced that it would be making up to £30m of funding available to provide short-term project finance to help unlock group custom build – or self-build - schemes. This is separate from the funding available for community led housing under the Affordable Homes Programme.
The aims of the Custom Build fund are two-fold:
We have published a prospectus setting out details of how interested bidders may apply. Projects should be outside London.
As outlined in our Land Development and Disposal Plan, to help groups of prospective bidders access a supply of land for Custom Build schemes, a number of sites have already been brought to the market:
Marksbury Road, Bristol - developer selection process commenced through OJEU
An OJEU marketing process has commenced with first stage submissions (PQQ) being sought by 8 January 2014.
The development brief will contain a requirement to bring forward a minimum of 15 plots for custom build as part of the wider residential/employment scheme
Spencer's Park, Hemel Hempstead - developer selected
A preferred development partner has been selected following an open market tender process. The development brief contained a requirement to bring forward 10 custom build units as part of the wider residential scheme.
Pleasley Colliery, Bolsover - developer selected
The Pleasley Colliery site provides residential land of 0.59ha. Located on the edge of Pleasley Village in the District of Bolsover, approximately 3 miles from junction 29 of the M1.
The site was remediated under the National Coalfields Programme and transformed into a Country Park which is now in the ownership of Derbyshire County Council. The former pithead buildings form part of a Grade II Listed Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) adjacent to the housing site which has been transferred to the Land Trust.
The site has the potential for 23 homes. It is anticipated that 11 homes will be brought forward for Custom Build. The planning application for the site has been determined and the preferred developer selected using the Delivery Partner Panel. A start on site is anticipated during March 2014.
For further details please contact Sarah.Coutts@hca.gsi.gov.uk
Upper Tuesley, Milford, Surrey - developer selected
A preferred development partner has been selected using through an OJEU marketing process. The preferred developer is now progressing a reserved matters application for the site for consideration in Autumn.
The developer is considering their approach to the delivery of the custom build element of the scheme.
The development brief contains a requirement to bring forward a minimum of 10 plots for custom build.
Wilson Road, Hanford, Stoke on Trent - HCA working in partnership with Stoke City Council
The Wilson Road site is a 1.23 ha site located in the Hanford area of Stoke-on-Trent . The HCA are working in partnership with the Local Authority to provide Executive Housing (4 bed +) for Stoke which it has highlighted as a priority in its Mandate for Change.
Outline planning consent has been achieved for 13 executive units.
For further details please contact email@example.com
Trevenson Park, Pool, Cornwall - developer selected
The site has capacity for over 100 homes, a large proportion of which we expect to come forward as custom build homes. Some information on the wider site and area is available here.
We have selected a development partner through the HCA Delivery Partner Panel. HCA is working with the development partner to work up the scheme in collaboration with Cornwall Council, Parish Council and Heartlands Trust to focus on the local area.
It is anticipated that public consultation will start this Winter and a planning application can be submitted in April 2014. The development brief contained a requirement to bring forward a minimum of 40 plots for custom build.
For further details please contact Paul.Britton@hca.gsi.gov.uk
Chase Avenue Milton, Keynes - developer selected
A preferred developer has been selected through an open market tender process.
Heads of Terms have been agreed and the parties are on target to move to a conditional agreement by November.
Carr Lodge Farm, Doncaster - developer selected
A preferred development partner has been selected using HCA’s Development Partner Panel. The parties are working towards concluding legal documentation.
The development will include a 25-unit phase of custom build units as part of the larger scheme.
As of 12 November 2013, an additional four HCA sites have now been identified which will be brought to the market for custom build:
Urban Pioneers, Middlehaven
As part of the existing plans to transform Middlehaven which lies between the retail quarter and the river, Middlesbrough Council and the HCA plan to bring forward 14 serviced lots for flexible development including custom build which could provide at least 25 custom build units. The scheme will be launched in November 2013.
Oxley Park, Milton Keynes
This 0.42ha-site has been identified as having potential for up to 14 units, subject to planning. The site adjoins one of the most distinctive modern developments in Milton Keynes.
Pound Lane South, Basildon
This site has been identified with potential for c10 units. The site will be brought forward for development in autumn 2014 following more detailed ecology and planning work.
Lightmoor Urban Village, Telford
The HCA and the Bournville Village Trust will work jointly to bring forward up to 10 units in 5-plot phases, subject to demand and viability. The partners are keen to explore a 'co-operative' delivery model to deliver housing choice which will complement the established high quality environment at Lightmoor Urban Village
More information will be available on the Land and Development Opportunities section of our website as these sites become available.